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We're enrolling for 2016-2017 starting Jan . We offer morning and afternoon sessions for 3, 4, and 5 days per week. Morning session hours are 8:45-11:30. Afternoon session hours are 12:45p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Interested in KMS for your child? Check out our application with all the program options. The 2016-2017 school enrollemnt and tuition document. Call 651-482-7925 or email registrar@kinderhaus-montessori.org to arrange a visit. KMS is the best place to start!

Over 99% of Kinderhaus families surveyed are very satisfied with their overall experience at our school!

Our Mission

Montessori Lesson

Kinderhaus Montessori School provides an enriched environment for children, three through five years of age, giving them the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential psychologically, socially, physically and intellectually. This is achieved through the educational principals of Dr. Maria Montessori.

Dr. Montessori recognized children have a deep love and need for purposeful activity. In the Montessori classroom, they are free to work at their own pace with materials that facilitate the learning of skills. It is through this interaction within the specially prepared environment a child experiences the true joys of discovery and accomplishment.

"He learns everything without knowing he is learning it, and in doing so he passes little by little from the unconscious to the conscious, treading always in the paths of joy and love. It is the child's way of learning." Maria Montessori

Directress: Nora Cruden

Nora Cruden, an educator in Montessori Primary environments since 1976, has been Lead Directress at Kinderhaus since 1988. Nora attained her Bachelor's Degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota, and has an American Montessori Society Primary Teaching Certificate from the Twin Cities Montessori Training Center which is now affiliated with the College of St. Catherine.

Integrating various cultural holidays and basic Spanish vocabulary, she brings the world into the classroom. Nora's commitment to the Montessori approach ensures Kinderhaus provides an exceptional program.

Assistant Directress: Julie Wiersma

Julie Wiersma obtained her Master's degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from California State University. She has experience teaching in public school-based settings, is fluent in American Sign Language and has a specialization in working with young children with hearing loss and speech delays.

She also has three elementary-aged children who attended KMS, and has volunteered at KMS for several years. Julie's long history with and dedication to the school comes through in many ways that result in making KMS a great place for young children to grow and learn.

Some helpful information about the Kinderhaus school year

  • Kinderhaus attempts to follow the school calendar of the Mounds View and Roseville School Districts.
  • The Kinderhaus Board of Directors meets monthly. These meetings are open to all parents.
  • In August, parent orientations are held by both the Board and the teachers.
  • Several all-school social events are held during the year.
  • Kinderhaus teachers conduct parent-teacher conferences twice a year.
  • Kinderhaus students have the opportunity to engage in several field trips throughout the year. The field trips are optional and a fee is charged to cover the cost of the bus and entrance fee. Field trips may include, for example: The Children's Theater, a gymnastics center, nature centers, and an animal farm.
  • Throughout the year, special classroom celebrations include a fall festival, winter celebration, and Valentine's Day.
  • Children host a special event for dads in January and for moms in April. They demonstrate what they have learned throughout the year by working on activities together