The Knowledge House Montessori Preschool & Kindergarten was established in 2010 in Port Orchard, Washington near the waterfront in a vintage house overlooking the sound. A year later we moved up the hill to our current location at an old homestead on over half an acre where young children learn about nature, academics, self-awareness/control and social skills within a nurturing and engaging learning environment.
Our programs encourage self-direction, independence and responsible freedom in young children within the context of school. Children learn through social interaction, hands-on activities & educational materials. The Montessori style classroom encourages a positive social environment where everyone experiences a sense of belonging and is an equal member of the schoolhouse community.
At The Knowledge House, children are challenged to learn how to make choices, think independently and act responsibly. As children learn to trust themselves, make decisions and participate in responsible activities, they become self-empowered, self-motivated, self-reliant & self-responsible both at school and at home. These are some of the most important qualities for children to learn at an early age that form attitudes and beliefs about themselves, others and the value of community that will carry them through school and life.
In the schoolyard, children can work and explore in the garden, collect leaves, observe the chickens, rake leaves, garden, dig potatoes, peel vegetables, and gather weeds to feed to our rabbit. When we take nature walks on the school grounds, we slow down and use our senses to see, hear, smell, touch and think about the world around us.
Activities take place around the half-acre schoolyard and inside the schoolhouse. The Knowledge House is a unique vintage home that has been reinvented into a schoolhouse. It's designed to be a comforting space for young people's first educational experiences away from home. It is a dedicated schoolhouse and is not used as a residence.