Welcome to Wildwood Montessori, a Wildflower School in Montevideo, Minnesota.

Wildwood Montessori provides an authentic Montessori education for infants through age 6.

We are a member of the Wildflower Network of schools. Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Wildflower aspires to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Please contact us to receive more information about our school.

Our Teacher Leaders

Katie Pieh

Wildwood Toddler Teacher Leader

A mother of 3 daughters, Katie came to Montessori through an encounter at a local mom’s group. Inspired and encouraged, Katie joined Koreen Thompson as classroom assistant when Wildwood Montessori opened in September 2017. Katie spent the following summer in St. Louis pursuing her Infant/Toddler Montessori certification! She loves leading Parent-Infant classes a few times a year, in addition to being the Wildwood Toddler class teacher-leader. Her favorite skill to share with parents is the “coat flip”, which allows children 18 months+ to put on their own coat!

Clarissa Sparkl

Wildwood Primary Teacher Leader

Hello everyone! My name is Clarissa (Longworth) Sparkl, and I am the newest member of Wildwood Montessori, after completing my training this summer. I am originally from Montevideo, and I love it so much I had to come back after I graduated from college at Concordia College in Moorhead. I have previously worked as a child protection social worker for Fairmont/Martin and Yellow Medicine Counties for two years and as a literacy tutor with MN ReadingCorps for two years. I have a three-year-old daughter named Arley who is really nice and thoughtful. We love to read together, go to church, and go to the park to play. I love spending time with my family in town eating, talking, planting flowers, and playing cards. I am beyond excited to get to know everyone at Wildwood Montessori. I can’t wait to teach you some things that I know and learn even more things from you!

School Details

Full Day

Infant/ Toddler — 8:30am-1:00pm
Primary — 8:30am-1:00pm

Extended Day Program

Before-Care — 7:30-8:30am
After-Care — 1:00-5:00pm

Primary (3-6 year old children) 

8:25-8:30 Arrival
8:30-10:30 Work Period/Morning Snack
11:00-11:45 Outdoor Time
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Clean up/Music time
1:00 Dismissal or Transition to Aftercare

Toddler (1-3 year old children) 

8:25-8:30 Arrival
8:30-10:30 Work Period/Morning Snack
10:30-11:00 Outdoor Time
11:00-12:00 Lunch
12:00 Nap/Rest time
1:00 Dismissal or Transition to Aftercare (may continue napping)

Our school year runs from September to May. We are exploring options for a Summer 2020 program: Stay Tuned!

Winter Break  December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020
Spring Break April 9, 2020 – April 13, 2020

Additional days off include:

Hope Montessori Conference October 11
MEA October 17 – 18
Thanksgiving November 28-29
In-Service January 24
President’s Day February 17

We hold parent teacher conference in November and May to collaborate on your child’s development. School will be closed November 22nd and May 8th to accommodate.

You can download our full calendar here: 2019-2020 Calendar.

For information about transportation and pick-up/drop-off policies please contact our Teacher-Leader team.

We provide a healthy morning and afternoon snack, as well as a nutritious hot lunch.

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Complete an Application

Please fill out our online application.

Attend a School Tour

We welcome you to visit our school. You will have the opportunity to learn more about Wildwood Montessori and meet the Teacher-Leaders. We look forward to getting to know you and your family!

Non-discrimination Policy

Wildwood Montessori School is a nonprofit organization and does not discriminate by race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or status with regard to public assistance. Furthermore, Wildwood Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

News & Events

Parent-Infant Classes

Saturdays, October-November 10-11am

Wildwood Montessori invites your baby to play in a Montessori environment! Come learn about tips for Montessori at home, spend time observing your infant, and bring home materials made for baby! Open to parents and infants birth – 12 months old, or those interested in Montessori infant care.

Parent Education Nights

Please stay tuned!

Resources

Videos

Learn about the Wildflower network from its founder, Sep Kamvar

Montessori from a father’s point of view

Articles

Transitioning to Montessori: Independence

“The goal of the Montessori preschool experience is to help children help themselves.” A wonderful article about the child’s internal drive to become independent and to accomplish things “all by myself”. This article includes helpful tips and ideas to support independence at home as well.

Montessori Baby: “This not That”

Looking for gift ideas for a new baby? This downloadable resource portrays the difference between Montessori baby toys and equipment vs. commonly commercialized toys and equipment. Find ideas of toys that support baby’s growing concentration and independence without over-stimulation.

Books

Ask us about our favorite Montessori books.

Consider a charitable gift to Wildwood Montessori. We believe educational opportunities should be available to families in our community regardless of financial means. We appreciate any support you might offer our community as we strive for social justice through quality, authentic Montessori education.

Donate

Wildwood Montessori is a 501(c)3 nonprofit school so all donations are tax deductible.

Wildflower Schools

Wildwood Montessori is a member of the Wildflower Schools Network

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

About Wildflower Schools

Wildflower is an ecosystem of decentralized Montessori micro-schools that support children, teachers, and parents. Our schools aspire to give all children and families the opportunity to choose high quality, beautiful learning environments as they follow life’s unfolding journey.

Our aim is to be an experiment in a new learning environment, blurring the boundaries between home and school, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them.Our schools are small and teacher-led, with deep parent engagement. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Our network is supported by a foundation that works to build capacity, systems, tools and research to grow and strengthen the network.

Learn more about our story.

Our Principles

Blurring the boundaries between home-schooling and institutional schooling, between scientists and teachers, between schools and the neighborhoods around them. At the core of Wildflower are 9 principles that define the approach.

Read about them here.

Our Network

After the first Wildflower school was created in January of 2014, there was intense interest in the school and the approach. This interest led us to open-source the model and help other family groups and teacher-leaders to create new Wildflower schools. Each teacher-leader at each Wildflower school serves on the board of at least one other Wildflower school, creating a community of schools that are linked by both a shared philosophy and a network of shared relationships.

View our network.