The Montessori program in Muenster began when twelve local mothers saw a need in their community to provide an educational program for the pre-school years beginning with 3 year olds. Many early childhood programs were researched by these local mothers. The Montessori Method was selected as the program that best met the needs of the young child. The Montessori philosophy is one that embraces the whole child; his emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual development.
The Young Children’s Learning Center opened in the fall of 1982 at 602 N. Maple Street. The school was affiliated with Sacred Heart Catholic Church from its inception. It was under the guidance and support of Father Denis Soerries, O.S.B. that the dream of the 12 mothers came to fruition. The Young Children’s Learning Center outgrew its location 3 years later when it was relocated to 136 E. 7th Street and renamed Sacred Heart Preschool. Under the leadership of our principal, the late Dr. Ralph Rondon and our pastor Fr. Ken Robinson the pre-school building was expanded to house a Montessori Kindergarten Classroom for the 2012-2013 academic year.
1) In our Montessori program, our children are allowed to work at their pace with individualized instruction. All of their academic and social strengths are enhanced and any weaker areas get the extra needed attention. Our daughter loved this environment and it was the very best foundation we could have given her to begin her educational journey.
2) The innovative teaching methods and curriculum of our Montessori program always impressed us and worked very well for our daughter. She thrived in this environment, and was given the foundation she has needed to be successful in her elementary and middle school years. We wish the Montessori program went thru high school!!
3) Our Montessori program allows our children to learn in a caring environment that challenges and rewards them at their independent level. They are provided with the very best individualized attention that develops their academic prowess, setting the foundation for their future academic career.
4) This school has made a tremendous impact on the lives of my children. My older son started in 1st grade for 1 year and my daughter stated in PK4 for 2 years. The classes focused on my child’s individual needs. The curriculum was creative, challenging and fun. The teachers were dedicated to ensure each child reach their full potential. The foundation that the Montessori education gave them, prepared them to excel in the standard elementary classroom.