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Montessori School uses a variety of teaching tools


By Melissa Robinson

  On a typical school day at ABC Montessori School in McDonough, in addition to math, reading and computers, students may spend part of the school day feeding the school’s miniature goats, grooming the miniature horse or tending a vegetable garden.

 “What they learn with the livestock and outdoors correlates with what they learn in the classroom. The sciences, the care for nature, the appreciation is huge and it shows them life is real, it’s not sterile and just found in a book,” said director and owner, Kim Morey.” They test the soil, they study the elements, and we grow a garden all year long and allow the animals to roam freely.”

Students at the Montessori School stand with Mindy the Horse, a miniature horse that is one of the teaching tools used at the school.                                          Photo by Melissa Robinson

  Her husband Larry Morey, co-owner of the school, said that learning about nature in a hands-on curriculum teaches even more.

  “We use the goats to teach. The children take turns feeding them and taking care of them and they learn how to be tender. We’ve got a miniature horse named Mindy, and they care for her. We also have a rabbit and gerbils and turtles and lizards and the kids all take care of them. They learn great lessons from that,” he said.

The Moreys said that the Montessori way of teaching is a time-tested, successful way to enable children to master skills, not just to pass tests. They said the school is expanding and in September, they expect to open the brand new upper school just outside of Ola. Larry said the new campus will encompass approximately 16 acres and feature an aquatic pond and aquatic agriculture and a horse stable and be very environmentally conscious.

  In business since 2002, ABC Montessori School was originally located near the McDonough Square, and as enrollment grew, the Morey’s needed a larger space. They moved the school to Walker Dr. onto a five acre property. This campus serves the younger students age 18 months to 12 years of age, and features several classrooms and outdoor facilities for the school’s many animals.

  According to Kim Morey, the school’s curriculum incorporates the basics along with environmental sciences, and the school was recently named a STEMM finalist with the Technology Association of Georgia.

  She said they are also incorporating a STEAMM program—Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Medicine and are offering a STEMM scholarship worth $3,000.

  Kim, who has been using the Montessori Method throughout her teaching career, said it’s a way of teaching that will last a lifetime and teach children to be thinkers and active participants.

  “Most people think you have to control and tell a child everything to do, step by step, but that just trains a robot. We want thinkers, we want ownership and we want little people who say ‘we belong to this community and can make a difference.’ These guys have voices and they have input and responsibility,” she said.

  ABC Montessori School is located at 483 Walker Drive in McDonough. For more information contact 770-957-9998 or visit



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