Education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiencing them.
--Maria Montessori, Education for a New World

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.

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What makes PRAIRIE HILL unique?


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    For 35+ years, PRAIRIE HILL has brought children and nature together.