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When you walk into a Montessori primary classroom, the first thing you will notice is that everyone is busy and interested in what they are doing. One child is counting beads, others are working together on a puzzle map, and in the corner of the room a teacher is introducing a small group of children to a new language activity. 

Maria Montessori said "To aid life, leaving it free however, to unfold itself - that is the basic task of the educator". Our classrooms are spacious, bright and carefully designed to provide a stimulating learning environment. The activities are attractively displayed on open shelves enticing children to experiment with them.

Being responsible for the prepared environment, the teachers present these purposeful activities at critical periods using their knowledge of each child's developmental stages. Acting as a link between the child and the material, the teacher assists the children as they progress along the learning path from the concrete to the abstract.

Children are free to choose their own work and can proceed at their own pace.

Our full day 3-6 year old preschool children have time outdoors - getting fresh air, running and playing in the sand.

Our 6-12 year old elementary classroom is not limited to the indoors.  Children have the opportunity to explore God's creations outside each day.  The children may choose to  feed birds, cut flowers to bring inside for flower arranging, identify plants, compost, or just relax and read a book.

  Preschool Classroom in Yorkville Illinois montessori preschool and kindergarten classroom yorkville IL

Yorkville preschool and elementary school montessori school


"Healing the broken bond between our young and nature is in everyone’s self-interest, not only because aesthetics or justice demand it, but also because our mental, physical and spiritual health depend upon it."

Richard Louv,  Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature- Deficit Disorder

A note from the Head of School . . .

Dear Prospective Families and friends of Peaceful Pathways,

Thank you for your interest in our school.  I am pleased to be the owner and Head of School at Peaceful Pathways. 

My husband and I are excited to live in the community of Yorkville.  We met and grew up together in this community and are pleased to be raising our own children here too.  After graduating from Yorkville High School,  I went to college and received my B.A. in secondary/middle school education at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.  In 1994 I married my best friend Brian and went back to school to earn my Illinois state teaching license for K-12.

After a couple years of teaching in the public schools,  we decided I would stay home and we'd start a family.  When my daughters turned two and three years old,  I was asked to work at  the Montessori school  at our church.  It was then that I fell in love with the Montessori philosophy for educating children.  I found that what I read and studied about Montessori changed the way I parented.  I really enjoyed watching my children grow and discover the world around them.  I then decided it was time to go back to school and get my Montessori credentials.  I now hold two A.M.S. certifications in Infant-Toddler Education and in Montessori School Administration along with my K-12 Illinois teaching certificate.

It has been a pleasure moving back to Yorkville and following God's call to start an authentic Montessori program in this community.  I am continually amazed by the support of the community and parents in our school.  I love seeing each child's smiling face each day and getting to know the families that live in Yorkville and the surrounding communities.  I know that we are making a difference to these children and the people that these children will touch as they grow older.   Watching the children as they are engaged in their work each day is such a blessing.

I encourage you to call our school to set up a time for a tour and find out what a Montessori education is.  Come see the difference it can make for your child, your family, and our community.

Blessings to you and your family,

Shawna Watkins

Head of School     

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01/04/2014 - Last Modified


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