Choo Choo Montessori

Preschool in Saint Paul, MN 55109

1194 E Cty Rd C
Saint Paul, MN 55109
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Choo Choo Montessori school is an early childhood learning center emphasizing the Montessori teaching philosophy. Our school is a structured and caring alternative to traditional child day cares.

Choo Choo Montessori is owned and operated by Natasha and Quang Hong. Choo Choo was inspired by Natasha’s upbringing in Montessori education and from years of working and helping at her parents’ Montessori school (Rainbow Montessori of Bloomington, MN).

Traditional Montessori education and materials are mixed with new technologies to provide the children at Choo Choo Montessori with an exceptional environment in which to learn and grow. Along with structured instruction and a prepared environment, Choo Choo provides a complete care package, including catered meals.

At Choo Choo Montessori we encourage parent involvement. Here you’ll find that in-class observations are welcomed and can be part of our weekly schedule. Parents are also encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s development or any other suggestions or concerns. As a parent herself, Natasha insists that Choo Choo’s staff listens.

Lastly, Natasha and Quang felt that the tuition and fees of many centers are overly complex. In the tuition section you’ll find simple payment options that cover everything your child needs, minimizing the need for hourly rates. There are no extra charges for snacks, milk, lunch, etc.

For more information, we invite you to contact us or visit us in person to talk to our director.

Child Ages:
1.5 years - 12 years
Licenses & Accreditations:
Children per Teacher:
Infant: -/-, Toddler: 7/1, Pre k: 10/1, Afterschool: -/-
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday 7 A.M. To 6 P.M.

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The essence of Montessori education is based on a scientific method that is practical and has been tested for over 100 years. Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy is to see children as they really are and to educate them for life by providing a supportive environment. This is created through activities that enhance their sense of order, concentration, co-ordination, independence, good manners, and awareness of color, sound, shape, texture, and language.

Such activities help children achieve a high level of academic success, which is common in Montessori schools. The Montessori method nurtures the spirit of children in a natural, mixed-age group environment, to prepare them to be part of their family and community.

The principles of Montessori education are:

  • Self-directed learning
  • The prepared environment
  • Respect for the child
  • Competition hinders learning
  • Educating for a real life


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