Prairie Flower Montessori School

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Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #5 - Children are presented lessons as they are ready for them. This wide view, of a typical morning, shows children who have chosen activities from different areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to repeat and to spend as much time as they wish with each choice they make. In this way, they learn to decide for themselves how they wish to use their time. Our most important expectation is to respect others by trying not to interrupt their work and by asking for permission should they wish to observe another child. Children of this age are constructing themselves and benefit most from doing individual work to build understanding and skills; however, they are also encouraged to help each other and to try to resolve any conflicts that may arise by themselves, with the help of an adult should that become necessary.
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Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #1 - Part of the Montessori curriculum is the study and care of plants and animal that are outside, as well as inside, our classrooms. An alumna cares for the chickens that reside in a coop in our outdoor environment.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #2 - Our "Prairie Flower Montessori School" sign sits at the entrance to our parking lot. At arrival and dismissal times, parents enter our property down a small road to the west of the lot.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #3 - This is the front entrance to Prairie Flower. We are a true Casa di Bambini, a house for children.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #4 - This view of a Primary classroom, shows children three to six years of age, engaged in the Practical Life area. These activities provide opportunities to do familiar "work" that encourages concentration, sequencing, and independent skill building. There is always the choice to just sit, look out a window, and contemplate the mysteries of life.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #5 - Children are presented lessons as they are ready for them. This wide view, of a typical morning, shows children who have chosen activities from different areas of the curriculum. They are encouraged to repeat and to spend as much time as they wish with each choice they make. In this way, they learn to decide for themselves how they wish to use their time. Our most important expectation is to respect others by trying not to interrupt their work and by asking for permission should they wish to observe another child. Children of this age are constructing themselves and benefit most from doing individual work to build understanding and skills; however, they are also encouraged to help each other and to try to resolve any conflicts that may arise by themselves, with the help of an adult should that become necessary.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #6 - Each classroom has a deck area where children can do outside work. This is the area off the toddler community where children have group snack, wash hands, and scrub cloths.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #7 - Prairie Flower sits on 2 1/2 acres of land that contains a woods, a meadow and a wetland with a pond and streams. This is a view of our wetland and the source of many plants and animals to enrich our work in Botany, Zoology and Geography. The children often take hikes to explore what the area has to offer.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #8 - During the summer Elementary Camp our alumni return for a six week program that allows them to revisit the land and the classrooms that they left behind when they graduated to enter the first grade programs in the Decatur area.
Prairie Flower Montessori School Photo #9 - If you would like to visit Prairie Flower and/or receive information about our programs, please give us a call. We would enjoy sharing our school with you. 217/423-5200
  • Prairie Flower Montessori School is tucked down off the corner of Turpin Road and Highland Anenue just south of the end of South Shore Drive on the south side of Decatur.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Not Available (School did not report any membership associatons).
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-Kindergarten
Year Founded1997
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$902
Summer Program Cost NotesThree mornings for eight weeks

Student Body

Total Students38 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Prairie Flower Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
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Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$610
Tuition NotesLimited scholarships available for incoming families. E-mail: prairieflowermontessorischool@comcast.net for admission and tuition information
Admissions DirectorMarianne White Dunlap

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
After School Programs offered according to interest

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