Our Environment

The child, Montessori teacher, and prepared environment are a learning triangle, vital elements of the whole care of the child.


Elementary Classrooms

During the second plane of development, learning shifts to a steadier, more intentional pace, children become increasingly concerned with social interactions, and develop a more global sense of awareness. Interest-fueled learning is proven by research to be more effective for synthesis and retention than traditional methods.

Lower Elementary is for 6 – 9-year-olds. Rather than confining learning to single “grade years,” learning is spread over the course of 3 years based upon natural cycles of interest and development.  For example, a 1st Year student may be learning “3rd grade” material because she is ready and interested, while a 3rd Year student might explore “2nd grade” material, per his unique learning timetable.


Upper Elementary is for 9 – 12-year-olds. Upper Elementary is about learning through experience and contextual relationships, rather than dissemination of isolated facts from a pre-selected curriculum. 

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Infant Classroom

6 weeks - about 15 months

Our infant environment looks nothing like daycare because we do not use bouncers, jumpers, exersaucers, or any other apparatus that would contain our babies and limit their mobility.  They are too often used for the adult's convenience, and instead our priority is the children.  These devices contradict our goal of developing self-direction and motor skills.  The room is designed with warmth, cognitive growth, and aesthetic stimulation in mind.  Materials are visually appealing and carefully chosen for appropriateness (such as simple, color-contrasting images that are easy for still-developing eyes to see).  There are floor beds available for naps, and we encourage children to recognize when they need rest, and practice self-regulation.  All infants capable of sitting enjoy their snacks and meals together at a low table, and practice drinking from real (tiny) cups and eating with real cutlery.  Our infant room strives as much as possible to be your child's second home, a warm, cozy nest.

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Toddler Classroom

about 15 months - 3 years

Our toddler environment is arranged to emphasize autonomy and invite exploration.  Practical life activities, sensorial investigation, language acquisition, arts and science exploration engage toddlers and two-year-olds deeply.

Primary Classroom

The Children's House

3 - 6 years

The Children's House is thoughtfully prepared and regularly adapted to follow the needs and interests of its students.  All furniture and materials are child-sized, and children take an active role in the care of their environment: mopping spills, arranging flowers in vases, maintaining houseplants, and washing windows.  Specialized Montessori materials isolate concepts, exposing children to geometry, geography, botany, writing, even the cubed root.  Children who graduate from Montessori Children's Houses enter grade school with advanced subject knowledge, comprehension, and social skills.


Outdoor Play Spaces

Our outdoor environments incorporate nature as much as possible, with student-maintained gardens, two miniature goats, a chicken coop, and natural play materials.  We encourage gross motor play, sensorial exploration, and environmental awareness through our outdoor "classrooms."  We play in the rain, build mud pies, climb trees, and hold insects, and observe birds.


Natural wonders, big and small, provide inspire daily inquiry and a robust sense of wonder. We cultivate stewardship of our environment and accountability for our community.


YPM School Hub

K - 8th grade

We offer supportive school care to complement the evolving schedules of elementary and middle school students during the pandemic.  Consistent, limited-size groups in co-working spaces have internet access for Zoom meetings, lectures, and school work assistance. Students enjoy our 9-acre campus and a calming classroom that hones concentration. Flexible care whenever needed (following the Yadkin Path 2020-21 schedule): virtual school days, teacher workdays, etc. Hours: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with options for before and after-school programs at a minimal rate.


After School Classroom

K - 5th grade

We offer after school care to local elementary students.  This program includes homework support, socialization in a supportive atmosphere, and plenty of time outdoors.