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Ruffing’s Children’s House

Curiosity, exploration, independence and responsibility are touchstones of the Montessori philosophy. In the first Children’s House in 1907, Dr. Maria Montessori discovered that children love to be involved in self-directed activities. When given a prepared environment of meaningful and developmentally appropriate projects and materials, along with the time to complete those tasks at his or her own pace, Montessori found that children will choose to engage in purposeful work, creating opportunities for learning in personal and powerful ways.

Ruffing offers 4 Children’s House classrooms with more than 115 children joyfully engaged in a true learning community. Each Children’s House classroom is multi-aged, with children ages 3 – 6 years old working together and learning from one another. Children remain with the same teacher over the course of three years, creating strong bonds and a deeper understanding of the child – academically, socially and emotionally.

The prepared learning environment, rich with Montessori materials and practical life activities, provides the framework for our experienced Montessori-trained faculty to guide your child to discover language, writing, reading, mathematics, cultural studies, geography, and science. Here, children can be directing their own activities or working collaboratively, with lessons given as children eagerly progress and confidently master skills.

Ruffing offers two enrollment options at the Children’s House level:

  • Traditional Children’s House for children ages 3 – 6 and includes the Kindergarten year. In this program, 3 and 4 year-old children attend school Monday-Friday from 8:30 am until 11:45 am, with 5-6 year-old children (the Kindergarten year, which we refer to as “Extended Day”) remaining at school a full day, from 8:30 am – 3:15 pm.
  • Ruffing’s All Day Children’s House is designed to meet the needs of working families, offering arrival as early as 7:45 am and pick-up as late as 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday, for all children ages 3 – 6, including the Kindergarten year, enrolled in this classroom.

For 3 and 4 year old children enrolled in the Traditional Children’s House (i.e., morning only) program, Ruffing offers Siesta Care, which is a program extending the school day until 3:15 pm.

Ruffing Montessori School   |   3380 Fairmount Blvd Cleveland Heights, OH 44118   |   Phone: (216) 321-7571   |   Hours 8am-4pm M-F   |   After Hours Phone (216) 321-0913