Montessori School of Cedar Lane

Montessori School of Cedar Lane


Thank you all so much for your support, donations, thoughts and prayers.

With all of your help we personally raised enough money toward research for MDA, ALS as well as other muscle debilitating diseases. We also raised enough money to send one child to MDA summer camp. Divia is not quite old enough for camp but said, "sounds really cool and looks like fun".

MDA is able to offer a world of possibilities to campers — from swimming and horseback riding to zip-lining, adaptive sports and camp dances. It’s truly a place where kids can live unlimited for a week in the summer in a world where they constantly face limitations. What an amazing gift! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

We appreciate it more than you know. :)

Sincerely, The Parks Family (Team Divia)

The Montessori School of Cedar Lane is a private preschool for children 3-6 years of age. Founded i Mr. and Mrs. The School offers a Half Day program (9 a.m.

The Montessori School of Cedar Lane is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational school for children three to six years old. Gilbert were trained by Miss Margaret Stevenson of the Washington Montessori Institute. Miss Stephenson was a close friend, associate and former student of Maria Montessori. Our current director, Paula McAuliffe, received her training at the London Montessori Institute, and w

Operating as usual


Spread the word, we are enrolling!!! We have availability for summer camp and 2023/2024 school year. Call us and schedule a tour. We would love to show you around our lovely school!

Montessori School of Cedar Lane The Montessori School of Cedar Lane is a private preschool for children 3-6 years of age. Founded in 1971 and based on the research and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, MSCL serves families in the Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church, and surrounding areas.


Attention all MSCL Alumni!

This Friday evening (5:30pm - 7:30pm), the Montessori School of Cedar Lane will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Spring Fiesta.

All current and past students of MSCL are invited to come and join in the celebration of this major milestone in our school's history.

(This is also a *golden* opportunity to get reacquainted with some old friends, and some silver-haired teachers 😉)

We look forward to seeing you!


Today in Mighty Girl history, Maria Montessori, the Italian educator and physician who created the Montessori Method, was born in 1870. Montessori's educational philosophy of encouraging children's learning through discovery is now used in an estimated 30,000 schools worldwide.

Montessori grew up in Italy and enrolled in the University of Rome's school of medicine in 1893. As a woman, she faced hostility from both fellow students and professors, even being forced to perform dissections alone after hours as it was deemed inappropriate for her to attend classes with men in the presence of a naked cadaver. Despite the obstacles, she graduated in 1896 and set up a private practice.

Montessori rapidly became an advocate for both women's rights and the rights of children with disabilities. She regularly worked with children facing these challenges, and she was a major supporter of their right to access education. In 1901, she left her practice to engage in further study in psychology and educational philosophy, and began considering how to adapt the methods she used for general classroom use.

In 1906, Montessori was asked to oversee the education of children of working low-income parents in Rome. At first, it was outfitted like a standard classroom of the day, but as Montessori observed the children and provided them with the resources she had developed, she discovered that they preferred practical activities to toys and that, if they were given a free choice of activities, they would develop spontaneous self-discipline.

In response, Montessori decided to transform the traditional classroom: she replaced the large furniture with child-sized desks and chairs, put tools and activities on low, child-accessible shelving, and included more exercises that encouraged caring for the environment and the self, such as cooking, gymnastics, and care of pets, as well as practical activities such as sweeping, self-dressing, and hand washing. She also introduced literacy materials like moveable cutout letters and picture cards with labels, which resulted in her students becoming proficient in reading and writing far sooner than was expected with traditional methods.

Her Casa dei Bambini (Children's House) was a great success, and by 1907 another had been opened in Rome. The independence, concentration, and self-discipline of her students began attracting attention from journalists, politicians, and educators, and in 1909, Montessori held her first teacher training course. In 1911, Montessori methods had been adopted in Italian and Swiss public schools; by 1912, Montessori schools were being planned in places from Paris to India, and Montessori societies were founded in the US and UK. By the time she died in 1952, Montessori had revolutionized the way educators and parents thought about child development. Her legacy is obvious in both public school systems and in the Montessori schools that can be found around the world today.

To learn more about her work and educational philosophy, check out the insightful biography "Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work" at

She is also the subject of a new picture book for ages 5 to 8: "Maria Montessori" at

For an excellent book that explores how parents can support children's holistic development, we highly recommend "The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development" at

Many of the toys featured A Mighty Girl's toy section were selected with a similar philosophy to Maria Montessori's in mind -- we've sought out high-quality toys that would help children to exercise their imagination while mastering basic skills and growing confident in their abilities to be self-directed learners.

If you're new to A Mighty Girl, mouse over the "Toys' button on our main menu bar to open our toy directory which is divided into six main categories: Toys/Games, Imaginative Play, Arts/Crafts, Outdoor Play, For Baby, and Kids' Gear. To start exploring our selection of over 2,000 girl-empowering toys, visit

9 Things A Preschool Teacher Wants Parents To Know About The First Day Of School 08/25/2019

The first day of school is now thrust upon us, and the anxiety of ‘that great transition’ is slowly dominating our thoughts and attitudes — even for those seasoned veterans.

Please know that your child’s teacher is there to help the whole family with this adjustment, and that there are also a few things that you can do to help foster a smoother, more natural transition.

9 Things A Preschool Teacher Wants Parents To Know About The First Day Of School Whether it's coming up in a few days or a few weeks, the first day of school always stirs a mixture of emotions in both kids and parents. And in the case of the first day of preschool, those emotions are intensified about a million times. Trust me,…

Why extracurriculars make parents miserable 09/01/2018

A great article on variables to consider when weighing the benefits & drawbacks of extracurricular activities.

"Play is not frivolous;" Dr. Montessori would agree.

Why extracurriculars make parents miserable Being less scheduled after school makes parenting more fun, and that's good for your kids.


As Thomas Aquinas once said, “It is better to illuminate than merely to shine. To deliver to others contemplated truths, then merely to contemplate.”

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 08/13/2018

“...whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it's very important that you do it...”

~ Gandhi

As the start of school is fast approaching, many children (and their parents!) will experience feelings of anxiety, fear, and stress of the ‘unknown.’ While the technical abilities of the long-tenured staff and teachers at the Montessori School of Cedar Lane serve as an effective part in this transition, it is the insight and compassion of our 2nd & 3rd year students who become the most valued resources in aiding a new student in connecting to the Montessori classroom.

Each year, the future leaders of our society continue to foster generations of confidence and fellowship for the greater good, ad infinitum.

As adults who are daily witnesses of this extraordinary power, our pride in their humanity is outweighed only by our awe in its gentle application.

Google Founders Talk Montessori 08/06/2018

Further evidence of the efficacy of Dr. Montessori’s findings:

“[that] the most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed. But not only his intelligence; the full totality of his psychic powers.”

(from ‘The Absorbent Mind’)

Google Founders Talk Montessori Larry Page and Sergey Brin discuss their experience as Montessori students.


“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

~ Maria Montessori


The Montessori School of Cedar Lane is beginning to prepare for the 2018-2019 school year.

Less than one month away!!!

Work & Play 08/01/2018
Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 05/05/2017

Care of the environment.

The children are tending their herb garden - mint, basil, chives, parsley, and thyme.

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 05/03/2017

A wonderful day for lemonade!

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 04/03/2017

Squaring 10 the Ancient Roman way; square chains with Roman Numeral writing.

Timeline photos 03/30/2017

"To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with."

~ Mark Twain

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 03/30/2017

A beautiful day to work and play!

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 03/24/2017

A special project for the graduates every Friday.

(additional photos available on the MSCL group site)

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 03/23/2017

A visit from our 'Storyteller' today: Miss Barb (Barbara Effron)

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 03/23/2017

We take our music VERY seriously!

Timeline photos 03/22/2017

... because, sometimes, the bottom side of the table is dirty too.

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 03/22/2017

The joys of sensorial exploration

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 03/22/2017

Another busy day.

Photos from Montessori School of Cedar Lane's post 03/21/2017

A very busy day, indeed!

Timeline photos 03/21/2017

It's pizza day!

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