About Children's House

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    The Children’s House, also known as early childhood, is a community of children from three to six years who live and learn together in a prepared learning environment. The Children’s House community provides children with the opportunity to develop through individual activities that aid the child’s work of “self construction.” The Montessori guide supports children as they learn how to sustain focused and concentrated attention, think clearly and constructively, resolve conflicts peacefully, and express themselves through language and the arts. Through the active development of their will and the satisfaction of their authentic needs, the children become self-disciplined and socially cohesive during their three to four years in Children's House.


    The primary goal of children ages three to six is to consciously perfect their understanding and knowledge through imitation, repetition, and action. Children choose from activities with intelligence, memory, and self-awareness. Through peacekeeping, modeling, and instruction children learn ways to talk and listen to their peers respectfully, identify and express their feelings, and develop conflict resolution skills. As a result the children also learn how to care for the people who make up their classroom community.

Children's House - Daily Schedule

  • Children's House dressing frame While there is some variation from day to day, here is a sample day's schedule in the Children's House.

    7:30 - 8:00 | Arrival

    8:00 - 11:00 | Morning Work Cycle

    11:00 - 11:15 |  Jobs & Lunch Up

    11:15 - 11:45 | Lunch

    11:45 - 12:00 | Group Time

    12:00 - 12:45 | Outdoor Time

    12:45 | Half day dismissal

    12:45 - 2:00 | Rest Time/Afternoon work cycle

    2:00 - 2:30 | Outdoor Time/Afternoon work cycle

    2:30 - 2:45 | Cleanup/Pack up

    2:45 - 3:00 | Dismissal

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Meet the Children's House Guides

 Bonny Flower

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Bonny Flower

Children's House Level Coordinator

Children's House: Spruce

After three years, Bonny is returning to MSB as Level Coordinator and Primary Guide. Bonny graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology, and received her Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training from the Washington Montessori Institute, the oldest AMI accredited training center in North America. In addition to her Montessori Training and experience teaching in schools in Newport News VA, Scituate, and Housatonic MA and most recently Litchfield CT, Bonny spent many years studying with various teachers in the alternative healing arts and the field of human consciousness and received certification as a Reiki practitioner and Holodynamic Life Coach. Her four beautiful children are now grown, which allows her even more time to devote to her work, her love of children and Montessori Education. In her spare time, Bonny enjoys photographing nature, gardening, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and catching up on her children’s latest adventures.

 Joey Chernila

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Joey Chernila

Children's House: Cedar

Joey received a B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, and has been working in early childhood in the Berkshires since 2003. He received early childhood Montessori teacher training (MACTE accredited) from Montessori Educators International, and has been at MSB since it was a twinkle in Todd and Meagan's eyes. Joey particularly relishes exploring the visual arts and picture books with our early childhood students. His at-home interests include cardmaking, papercrafts, and silkscreening, as well as spending time with his wife and two children. Joey also has fond memories of his time in Montessori when he was a young student. Joey can often be found at looking for children’s books at tag sales around the county

 Vanessa Luman

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Vanessa Luman

Children's House: Cedar

Vanessa, a trained Montessori Guide, brings over 10 years of experience with Montessori practices and principles as well as a Masters in Education from Centro Universitario Villanueva, Spain.

 Jodi Standring

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Jodi Standring

Children's House: Spruce

Jodi Standring is a native of Berkshire County, and was raised in Lenox Dale. She started her work with children at the young age of 17, as an intern in a first grade classroom for Lenox Public School System. Soon thereafter she began working with traumatized youth at a residential educational facility. There she played a role in developing, creating, and enhancing the student’s social skills and emotional well being, along with teaching life skills. Jodi returned to a classroom setting as a teacher’s assistant in a therapeutic day school, where her role allowed her to find creative ways to make education interesting, fun, and obtainable. Jodi is working on her AMI Primary certification through Montessori Institute of North Texas. She has also been trained in Experiential Education, in particular using non-competitive activities that create a positive social and emotional learning environment. During her free time Jodi enjoys hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and making arts & crafts.

 Rose Bohmann

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Rose Bohmann

Children's House, Afterschool Coordinator

Rose earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Dayton, Ohio. She worked in various areas of the graphic arts and printing industry, including operating a small printing press. In 2001, she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, earning a Masters in Education, and Teaching in a K-8 school in the Bronx for two years. In 2003, Rose began teaching in early childhood settings, including a year with a Head Start program in Catskill, New York, and two years at a Montessori Day Care in Albany. She joined the staff of MSB in 2007, and earned her Montessori Teaching Certificate for the Children's House level in 2015. Her interest in Montessori teaching goes back to her early days in Ohio, where a friend sent her children to a Montessori preschool.