New Montessori School open in Streeterville

By Jesse Wright|May 1, 2019

Guidepost Montessori, 226 E. Illinois St., opened its doors in April. The new school has programs for kids from 12 months to 6 years old.

Head of School Sarah Silverman said enrollment has been going well with 49 kids signed up so far. Silverman explained that the Guidepost Montessori schools encourage kids to learn through play, so the rooms are filled with practical toys like sinks and dishes, where the kids develop motor skills and they also learn how the household works.

“It’s high choice and it’s high structure,” Silverman said.

Silverman said every class has two teachers in it, and there is also a Spanish immersion program.

At an open house for parents in early April, Jezail Jackson, a mother of two said her husband was educated at Montessori schools and wants to get their children enrolled.

“I believe the value is that  they provide a space for kids to be taught from the very start,” she said. “And in Montessori, they teach in a way that allows the kids to lead themselves. It’s really amazing.”

Max Chen blows on a pinwheel with a balloon animal at the Guidepost Montessori open house in April. Photo by Jesse Wright

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