Our Story
Meadowlark Montessori Children's House started out as a vision to bring a high quality early childhood program for preschool and kindergarten aged children to Prineville Oregon.  The school originally started in the Fall of 2010 in the basement of the founder's, Eleanor Lemann, home.  Since then, Meadowlark was relocated to it's current location and Julie VanSant was brought on as a second teacher.  In December 2012,  Julie took over ownership of the school and continues to direct the program and teach

Mission & Philosophy

Using the Montessori method we’ve created an environment where children learn to trust themselves and feel the freedom to explore who they are.  With curiosity and confidence they are allowed to construct their individuality.

At Meadowlark we strive to foster a sense of self-trust in each child and a place to explore social relationships and responsibilities.  Children have an innate hunger for learning, independence and community.  Self-trust and confidence are important parts of developing independence and communicating ones needs and wishes.  Even as they make mistakes, children are able to enjoy each learning process. This is especially evident when confidence is not tied to ability but rather to a sense of self-worth.  At Meadowlark the environment and the teacher allow each child the freedom to make choices that feed his or her own developmental needs. The teacher models, encourages, redirects, and supervises, with gentle guidance.  In a consistent classroom environment with established routines, children are freed from continually having to re-establish boundaries.  The classroom becomes a secure place where children know what to expect.  The children grow as a community while they work on communicating, tolerating and collaborating.  Meadowlark Montessori Children's House is an environment where children are free to explore, create and grow in an atmosphere of respect.

Meadowlark wishes to support and educate parents and families on early childhood development, best practices for early education settings and about the Montessori materials and method.

Two student's showing off the words they've
built with the Moveable Alphabet

A Day at Meadowlark

7:45 a.m. - 8:05am Arrival time. Children arrive, set their things inside and have a moment to greet each other, catch up and play for a bit.

8:05 a.m.–11:05 a.m. Morning work period. During this time, children are working independently or in pairs while the teacher gives individual lessons and leads small groups.

11:05 a.m.–11:15 a.m. Clean up/prepare for lunch/group time. Children pack up work, set tables together so we can eat family style, and then join the group for a song or story.

11:15 a.m.–11:50 p.m. Lunch. Children wash their hands, set out their place settings and have lunch. 

11:50 a.m. Children clean and pack up their lunches. 

12 p.m. Outside time.  Children will be able to practice their gross motor skills, social role playing and exploration of their natural surroundings during this time. 

12:30pm.  End of the Day - Everyone is picked up.  All things are gathered from the mud room to be taken home.