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"Our mission is to direct each child towards meeting his or her own needs within a prepared environment that encourages independence, respect, and self-sufficiency.

Our goal is to create for each child within a nurturing environment overseen by AMI trained staff - a philosophy of learning which will enable him or her to confront higher conceptions and meet the needs of development as well as provide as education for life".

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Montessori Children's House Parent Social Organization

The MCH P.S.O.is to create a sense of camaraderie and friendship between parents and families of Montessori Children's House of Hyde Park by means of organizing social activities and events.

Please mark your calendars and join us for one or more of the following events!
More details to follow.

April 12th, Family Picnic- Sunday, 3-5pm at Waterworks Park, Tampa Heights
April 24th, Relay for Life- Friday, 6-11pm at Jefferson High School
                                       Join us as we walk to raise money for cancer research!
May 8th, Special Visitation Day and Montessori Celebration- Friday, time TBA at MCH
May 15th, MCH Graduation Ceremony- Friday, time TBA at MCH
                We'll need volunteers to assist with this school tradition.
May 24th, Family Cookout- Sunday, 1-4pm at Joel and Leyla Fernandez's home

Summer Camp 2015 News



All currently enrolled and upcoming students are invited to attend one of our summer camps this summer.


Primary students are eligible for our Montessori Refresher with Ms. Jayna. The dates are July 20 through 24 and July 27 through 31. This camp starts at 8:30 and dismisses at noon. Cost to attend is $185.00 each week. Please contact the office at (813)354-9511 or via email at mchschool@mac.com to enroll.

All students aged 6 to 12 are eligible for our Summer Art Camp with Ms.Rebecca. Throughout the morning, students will move through various stations, expressing themselves through art. Each day will include an introduction to theory and technique. All skill levels will enjoy this great way to spend time with your school friends this summer! The dates are July 20 through July 24 and July 27 through July 31. This camp will also start at 8:30 and dismiss at 12:00 noon. Cost to attend is $165.00 per week. Please contact the office at (813)354-9511 or via email at mchschool@mac.com to enroll. 


Parents, please provide lunch for both camps. 

Parent Education Evening


Our Parent Education Evening was held on February 4th. The discussion centered around the questions- Are you living a successful life? How do you know? What makes it successful?

The parents were invited to choose whichever category was most important to them. There were three headings:
Academic Skills, Social Skills and Personal Skills. Each group listed the qualities they expected from the category they selected.

After they had filled their poster-board, we asked each group to choose their top three qualities on each board.

Then we asked what parents require of us when they invest in us. What qualities do they wish to see when their child/ children graduate? Each group had a lively, fun and interactivie twenty minute discussion.

The staff went through each chosen item and explained how we meet these desires. 

Desired Academic Skills:
Reading, writing, love of learning, well-rounded, critical thinking, problem solving, interest in math and science (especially for girls) and to follow the interest of the child.  
*Parents selected:
1. Love of Learning                2. Well-Rounded                3. Problem-Solving/Following Interests (Critical Thinking)

Desired Social Skills:
Compassion, empathy, speaking skills, kindness, loving, caring, sharing, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, tolerance, respect of others, adaptability, leadership, accountability and mindfulness.
*Parents selected:
1. Emotional Intelligence           2. Strong Communication Skills            3. Leadership

Desired Personal Characteristics:
Mindfulness, life-long learner, confidence, hard worker, creative, open-minded, adventurous, generous, leadership, diligent, humility, kindness, wisdom, curiosity, accountability, trustworthiness, passion, and self disciplined.
*Parents selected:
1. Wisdom            2. Life-long learner              3. Self-Actualization

The activity clearly showed that parents and Montessori educatiors believe and desire to achieve the same goals and objectives for the children.

We welcomed Ms. Natalia Fernandez, now a 16 year old student at Tampa Prep. Natalia spoke about how she went in to middle school well prepared, socially and academically. 

Mrs. Lisa Trentalange spoke about why she enrolled her children in our school, and how she feels now, as they complete their
6th grade year.


We were excited and encouraged by the wonderful and thoughtful questions we received.


Thanks to all who were able to attend this informative evening.  

Join our team for the Relay for Life Westshore event

held on Friday, April 24th!

Montessori Children's House will again form a team to help raise money for cancer research. Relay for Life teams take turns walking or running around a track at Jefferson High School beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Our team will continue until 11:00 p.m. Please let us know if you can volunteer for a shift. 
If you cannot attend but would like to donate, please go to the following website: http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY15FL?fr_id=63590&pg=entry

You may sign up to be on the team or to donate. 
We look forward to an exciting night while raising money to fight cancer!

Now Enrolling for 2015-2016 School Year!






 Call (813)354-9511 to schedule a Parent Tour.

Montessori Children's House of Hyde Park Alumna- In the News!



       In the current publication of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, one of our graduates was singled out for her research dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury amongst veterans. Corey Fernandez, graduate of MCHHP class of 2000, recently presented two posters detailing her work in New York City and Ft. Lauderdale. Her poster titled "Resting State Functional Connectivity in Blast-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in OIF/OEF Combat Veterans" was presented at The Society of Biological Psychiatry's Annual Meeting held on May 8-10 in New York City. A second poster, titled "Cognitive Function and DTI Tractography in OIF/OEF Combat Veterans with Blast-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury" was presented at the Military Health System Research Symposium held from August 18-21 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


Congratulations, Corey!