KMS offers both morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session is held 5 days
a week, Monday-Friday, for four and five year old children, and three days a week,
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, for three year old children. The afternoon session
is held three days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, for three four and five
year old children.
The morning session is held 8:45 a.m.-11:30a.m. and the afternoon session is held
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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
"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: Mandi Ospina
Mandi Ospina comes to KMS this year! Mandi has 15+ years of experience working with children. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University. She is also a certified Early Childhood trainer providing continuing education classes to teachers in her field. She has two elementary aged boys who attended KMS and has served as a parent on the board of directors in previous years.
Some helpful information about the Kinderhaus school year
- Kinderhaus attempts to follow the school calendar of the Mounds View and Roseville
- The Kinderhaus Board of Directors meets monthly. These meetings are open to all
- 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