The Children’s House is a church-based Montessori environment for children ages 3-6 years.  First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs established this school in 1981 to provide a quality preschool education, in a Christian environment, for the young children of this church and community.


The children will start school on Monday, August 28 in two different (phase-in) groups.

3-year-olds (first-year students) will attend from 8:30 – 9:30 Monday – Friday.

Kindergartners and second-year students will attend from 10 AM – 12 noon Monday – Friday.

Phasing-in is an important part of the planning for a successful beginning to the school year.  Just as we carefully sequence the materials in the environment and choose activities with self-correcting features, much thought is given to starting the children in a gradual progression.  This helps to provide a positive experience for each child.  Phasing-in gives the children the special attention and positive modeling necessary for a happy and successful start in the Montessori classroom each year.

Regular morning school hours of 8:30 – 11:30 will begin on Tuesday, September 5.

Lunch Bunch and extended Kindergarten days (T/TH) begin the week of Monday, September 11.


Our schedule for the first few weeks of school is as follows:

Open House – Friday, August 25 (9:00 – 11:00 AM)

Phase-in Week begins – Monday, August 28
Hours for first-year students – 8:30 – 9:30 AM; hours for returning students – 10 AM – 12 noon

Labor Day Holiday – Monday, September 4 (no school)
Begin full mornings – Tuesday, September 5 (8:30 AM – 11:30 AM)
Lunch Bunch begins (regular schedule) – Monday, September 11 (11:30 AM – 2:30 PM)
Kindergarten extended day begins – Tuesday, September 12 (11:30 AM – 2:30 PM)


The first tuition payment for each student is due August 1, 2017.
If you are paying in nine monthly installments, your first tuition payment is due August 1 and the last payment for the school year will be April 1, 2018.  You are pre-paying in August 2017 for May 2018 tuition.

Tuition is due on the first day of the month and late after the 5th.
A late fee of $15 will be added to any payment received after the 5th of the month.

Please mail your tuition payment to:  Children’s House Montessori School, 921 Ocean Ave., Ocean Springs, MS 39564

Please keep this information handy.  It might be useful to set up a folder for the Children’s House, so that you can keep your handbook, phone list, newsletters and other correspondence concerning the school all in one place.

If you have any questions concerning the above information, please contact Mary Ann Bounds.  Thank you for your cooperation in making this period of transition a smooth one for all!

Matthew 19:14

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Dr. Maria Montessori

“Those things that we call encouragement, comfort, love and respect, drawn from the soul of man, and the more freely we give of them, the more do we renew and reinvigorate the life around us.”

Children’s House Staff

The role of the teacher in a Montessori environment is to inspire the human potential, leading children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate and discover.  The teacher’s ultimate objective is to help the child learn independently while retaining their natural curiosity, creativity and intelligence.  Montessori teachers do not only present lessons, they are also facilitators, mentors and guides.  Each of the five teachers at the Children’s House is either a certified Montessori Primary educator, has extensive training or is in the process of training/certification.  Each teacher has a genuine love and respect of children and the way God created each one individually.

Top Row (L to R):  Elaine Dent (Teacher), Mary Ann Bounds (Head Teacher), Kathy Williams (Teacher)
Bottom Row (L to R):  Kelly O’Connor (Teacher), Rebecca Castleman (Teacher), Aurora Ellis (Teacher)