PRAIRIE HILL LEARNING CENTER

A nonprofit corporation for the purpose of offering Montessori education for children with an emphasis on meeting the individual and communal developmental needs of each child in a historic indoor and a country outdoor environment.

What makes PRAIRIE HILL unique?

FREEDOM

PRAIRIE HILL is a safe environment, located 7 miles south of Lincoln on 12 acres of open space for children to explore. This country/farm setting provides children with a unique indoor/outdoor setting where they learn in the classroom and from nature.

EXPERIENCED STAFF

You won’t find a staff more dedicated to the development of children anywhere. Each teacher is Montessori certified, and each assistant goes through a stringent training program, with many going on to gain their certification.

MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY

PRAIRIE HILL is true to Montessori philosophy, offering children opportunities to engage in meaningful activities with the right balance of autonomy and guidance from specially trained teachers. Activities include gardening, food preparation, cooking, hands-on science, geography, geometry, and math.

ELEMENTARY OPTION

PRAIRIE HILL is the only school offering Montessori Elementary in the Lincoln area. Continuation of the education philosophy into the Elementary level maximizes the benefits of the child’s primary-level experience from ages 3-6.

NUTRITION

Children help plan balanced menus and prepare nutritious food to share together, family-style. Seasonally they handpick cherries, apples, and garden vegetables, and gather eggs from the chickens. A variety of breads are freshly baked to enjoy at lunchtime. Food scraps are given to animals or composted.

Raising Green Kids is more about lifestyle than teaching

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES

We offer three daily schedules for your child, including before and after-school options: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon (with the exception of Elementary). At PRAIRIE HILL, we provide meaningful learning activities for your child during the entire time they are here. During the summer, we also offer NatureWorks camps for ages 6-12.

PARENT EDUCATION

Parents are an integral part of the PRAIRIE HILL family. It is important to our staff to have strong relationships with parents. We offer a Parent Liaison program, parent seminars, teas, meetings, and at-home conferences.

COMMUNITY

At PRAIRIE HILL, we believe that we are not only a farm school, but also a family school, and that the community here enriches each family’s experience. Some community-building efforts at PRAIRIE HILL include: our seasonal newsletter, the annual Gifts and Talents Auction, Spring and Fall Family Workdays, and the Annual Children’s Country Fair.

INNOVATION

We are Nebraska’s first wind and solar powered school! Our Renewable Energy Education Center, which houses the Elementary community, features straw bale construction, passive solar and photovoltaic panels, energy monitoring equipment, a 10 kW wind turbine, low voltage light fixtures, recycled denim insulation, rain collection, and low-flow toilets.

Prairie Hill installs wind turbine -- Journal Star

TRADITION

For 30+ years, PRAIRIE HILL has brought children and nature together.

Prospective Parent Tour Date

October 17th, 2014 at 9am

November 6th, 2014 at 9am

PRAIRIE HILL Learning Center's Prospective Parent Tours provide the opportunity for you to learn about the history of PRAIRIE HILL and Montessori education, observe the work of the children in the classrooms, and have your questions answered. RSVP by calling 402.438.6668 or filling out the email form below. Please note that parent tours are for adults only (and nursing infants if needed). Children will have an opportunity to visit prior to enrollment.

What Makes PRAIRIE HILL Learning Center Unique?

PRAIRIE HILL uses educational methods formulated by Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. It is a child-centered approach that accepts the special characteristics of the developing child and emphasizes the child's potential to learn through experience.The learning activities in Montessori programs are child-initiated and appropriate for the child's level. Materials are selected to isolate specific learning tasks. They are self-teaching and self-correcting. Teachers encourage discovery and understanding through manipulation of materials. Mutual respect for the child and of children for each other are important aspects of the Montessori philosophy. The Montessori philosophy expects the child to become a good worker and encourages this through independent activity.

PRAIRIE HILL is a place where children as young as 1-1/2 years old can:

 

  • splash in a rain puddle
  • collect eggs from chickens
  • groom a pony after having a ride
  • catch snowflakes on their mittens
  • take a nature walk at their pace
  • go bird-watching on a crisp autumn morning
  • cut fresh flowers and arrange them in a small vase
  • harvest produce from the garden or orchard, wash and eat them for lunch
  • experience the beginning of the life cycle as they observe lambs and chicks
  • learn how to care for their bodies and personal belongings
  • wash their hands as many times as they want
  • choose activities independently or with a small group
  • serve themselves food and offer some to another person
  • pour themselves a drink of water

17705 South 12th Street
Roca, NE 68430
(402) 438-6668
prairiehillschool@yahoo.com
"Just 7 miles south of Lincoln, NE"