Montessori Children’s House of Valley Forge, established in 1963, is a school that serves children from 1 to 6 years of age. Following the Montessori Method, our classrooms are prepared environments with specially designed manipulative materials that allow for learning, exploration and various sensory experiences. The hands on learning activities offered are leveled to the child’s ability and interest, and are prescribed by our tenured, trained teachers to assess each child’s needs.
Situated in beautiful Valley Forge National Historical Park, our classrooms feel more like homes with child-sized furniture, rugs for floor work and readily accessible materials and supplies. The beauty and organization of the classrooms help the child feel at ease and enticed to work. The classrooms also offer every opportunity for independence and care for self and the classroom environment.
The journey at MCHVF begins with our Parent-Child program, offered to children from 1 to 2 years of age. During these early years, the young child is able to work alongside their parent/caregiver in an environment that encourages independence, with materials specific to their developmental needs. It is also an introduction to the MCHVF community for both parent/caregiver.
From 25 months-3 years, our Toddler program continues to foster independence and develop fine and gross motor skills, but this time without the assistance of a caregiver. The Toddler child comes to school 2, 3 or 5 days, depending on preference. This first experience of going to school independently prepares the child for the following year, when they will enter a 3-6-year-old mixed age classroom.
3-4 year old / AM student
Following the Montessori method, our Primary classrooms are of mixed 3-6-year ages. The children stay with their morning teacher for a 3-year cycle where they are able to build on their skill set and confidence year after year.
Entering the classroom as a 3-4-year-old/AM student, the child is introduced to new materials and a dynamic community. The older children are examples, teachers and idols. They are inspired to work and grow socially and emotionally in their new classroom. The AM student can stay only for the morning, but also has the opportunity to stay for our Extended Day program, which is comprised of all 3-4-year olds and is an extension of the Montessori morning, with additional outdoor play and age appropriate crafts and activities.
4-5 year old / Pre-K student
In their next year as 4-5-year-old/Pre-K student, the child comes in with a new confidence they didn’t have in their 1st year in the classroom. They are introduced to deeper academic work, and are now leaders for the youngest children in the classroom. Pre-K students also stay 3 or 5 afternoons (depending on the parents’ choice) for a program designed specifically for their age group, which focuses on the biomes of North America and further work with Montessori math, language and sensorial materials.
5-6 year old / Kindergarten student
The child’s work as an AM and Pre-K student culminates in their 3rd year in the classroom when they become a Kindergartener. The 5-6-year-old/Kindergarten student is the leader of the classroom and solidifies their knowledge in this all important 3-year-cycle ending year. The Kindergarten child is also a teacher, which not only helps the younger children, but also further cements the knowledge and expertise of the Kindergarten child. Kindergarteners stay for the full day, 5 days a week, spending their afternoons with a Kindergarten age class.
Following this brief overview, please visit each programs’ individual page listed below for more detail about what MCHVF has to offer.
The class is offered to children between the ages of 12-25 months with a parent, grandparent or caregiver.
Our Montessori Toddler program is designed to meet the developmental needs of children who are 25 months by September 1.
The Montessori Pre-Kindergarten program is recommended by the teachers for children who are ready cognitively and socially for a full day of school and are four years old by September 1st.
The Kindergarten program begins in the morning when the children are encouraged to use their skills with challenging Montessori materials.
After School Program
This program is offered until 6:00 p.m. five days a week. Children who join us for after school participate in art, dramatic play, stories, and games.
Our curriculum is enhanced by visits from various organizations, theater groups and musical talent throughout the year.
Planning a Visit?
We look forward to sharing our beautiful campus and school with you. Please call 610-783-0110 during business hours, or contact us via our request form.