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ToTH Montessori, founded as Toddlers on the Hill in 2012, is an independent Montessori school for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years of age. Our school is located in the first floor suite of the Arthur Capper Recreation Center in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, DC. ToTH is a member school of the International Montessori Council. We offer full-day and part-day programs for toddlers and a full-day primary program for children ages 3-6, including the kindergarten year. Learn more about our programs.
ToTH’s full day program for toddlers ages 18 months to 3 years old provides a peaceful and home-like environment that fosters independence and curiosity. Our Montessori guides are supportive, caring and trained in child development and observation.
ToTH’s four and a half hour program for toddlers allows children to practice and refine emerging skills in a safe and nurturing environment. Children are provided ample opportunities for socialization, exploration and creative expression.
ToTH’s full-day primary program is designed for children 3 to 6 years old. In the primary community, our trained guides offer sequenced lessons using hands-on materials that promote concentration, self-initiative, grace and courtesy and problem-solving.
“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.“
ToTH is committed to offering our community a high-quality and high-fidelity Montessori school that best meets children’s unique developmental needs. The Montessori educational method and philosophy, developed more than a century ago by Italian physician Maria Montessori, promotes independence, self-motivation, and personal responsibility. Our trained teachers offer kind and caring guidance that nurtures children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional growth.
Is a Montessori program the right fit for your family?
What can you expect in a Montessori classroom?
- Uninterrupted work periods that allow children extensive opportunities for concentration, repetition, and independence as they freely explore the learning environment.
- Caring and dedicated teachers who have received credentials from teacher training programs endorsed by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).
- Mixed-age classroom environments prepared for children’s developmental stages that allow for consistency and leadership development over a span of 2-3 years.
- Materials specially designed by Dr. Montessori that stimulate a child’s senses and encourage hands-on learning.
- Child-centered learning. Children have the freedom to make choices in the classroom based on their own interests and intrinsic motivation. This aids in the development of independence, confidence, and self-initiative.
- A belief that children are worthy of our respect and capable of tending their own needs from a very young age.