Montessori Children's House of Hattiesburg was founded in September, 1982 by our Director, Erlene Weldon. MCHH is licensed by the State of Mississippi to serve the children of Hattiesburg and the surrounding areas.

Visiting the School
MCHH welcomes prospective parents, visitors and interested persons. Arrangements can be made for a visit to observe by contacting our school.

Montessori Visitors

In order to keep the children’s work area as normal as possible, visitors must comply with the requirements listed below. Observation of one’s own child in the class may not give a true picture of the child’s normal activities and behavior. If your child becomes too excited and disrupts the other children, he will be taken to another room so that you may complete your appointed time in the class.

1.  Do not initiate conversation with children. Try to discourage them from talking to you. Suggestion: Respond to a child’s advance with “I came to watch the children work,” and break eye contact.
2.  Do not converse with other adult visitors or staff members. You may want to make notes about situations or materials needing an explanation. Questions will be answered after the session is over.
3.  Sit quietly during your observation time. Do not touch or inspect materials while the class is in session. You will have an opportunity to do so after the children leave.
4.  Do not interfere with children’s work by making corrections or comments.

Guides for Observation:

1.  Watch the group as a whole, then concentrate on a few specific children.
2.  Notice how children initiate their own activities and work independently.
3.  Observe that the children’s ability to concentrate on their chosen work varies and that some children, though distracted, return to their work.
4.  Look at different groups of activities, the size of the groups and the relationships within the groups.
5.  Notice the orderly use of materials and the degree to which work is completed and returned to the proper location.
6.  Watch how lessons are initiated and presented by the teacher and how the reactions of the children vary.
7.  Observe the differences in independence and need for assistance in the children.