Mother Teresa and Montessori

Tomorrow is the memorial of St. Teresa of Calcutta, more commonly known as just Mother Teresa. This is an important day for us at Hilltop Children’s House because we have entrusted our work to the intercession of St. Teresa for two reasons: Mother Teresa worked among the underserved, underprivileged, and forgotten people of Calcutta, India.…

Herald Star Coverage

Paul Giannamore of the Steubenville Herald Star stopped by to talk with us on Wednesday and his article ran in the paper today, Sunday, August 19. The Montessori method builds on itself as a community of children learning together, with older children helping the younger children. The Hilltop Children’s House is hoping to start with…

Child Learn

Learning. Not “Through Play.”

Montessori is its all about “learn through play,” right? Not so. The article I mentioned a few days ago by Pascal Emmanuel Gobry has a good passage on this topic: Everybody loves the idea of children “learning through play,” and Montessori is sometimes described as encouraging this, but serious Montessorians react to such a formulation…

Back porch

Back Door Work

The previous owners of our building had done something odd to the floor in the back room of our building. It wasn’t odd in itself—they just added a layer of subfloor, some vinyl tile, and then a carpet remnant over that. What was odd was that with that buildup of material, the back door simply…

Opening Programs and Tuition

We have published our exact plans for opening with our inaugural programs and our first-year tuition special! Montessori Day Sessions Our first year of Montessori will be only 10 kids, ages three and four, Monday through Friday, half-day (8:30 – 11:30 a.m.). The way a Montessori program typically runs, all of the kids of all ages…

Child Learn

Learning According to Development

If you’ve not read it yet I highly highly recommend P.E. Gobry’s article on Montessori. Gobry asks, “Montessori schools are exceptionally successful, so why aren’t there more of them?” Indeed. One of my favorite things that he points out is the dedication to respecting the child’s own development that is inherent in Montessori. He writes:…

Opening This Fall

We are eager to get the Hilltop Children’s House going, by opening THIS FALL! Last evening Noëlle and I sat down after dinner and established a schedule for the first year of operation (first day of sessions will be Monday, October 1) and what is needed to get it open. Noëlle, already fully trained in the Catechesis…

Blueprint Mockup

Blueprints Mocking Up

We’re in the next phase of things for the Hilltop Children’s House, getting to know people here in our neighborhood and planning for the building. The architect who is working with us, Faniro Architects, Inc., out of Youngstown, Ohio, sent us the drawings of the current floor plan for us to mark up and work…

Join us for “Dinner for Six Friends”

Join us for a fun evening on Sunday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. (dinner at 7:00) to learn more about how Montessori programs can help kids, especially kids who live in difficult circumstances, and how you can help make it happen! Children can flourish when they are given the opportunity to, and that opportunity comes…