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Tomah Area Montessori School will host an open house Thursday, March 8 from 4-6 p.m. at the school located at 1720 Academy Ave.

Families interested in enrolling a student are invited to tour the school.

Applications are available at the Tomah Area School District office on district’s website and at the open house.

Applications need to be turned into the district office by 4 p.m. Friday, March 16.

A lottery will be held on March 22 for available spots. After March 16, applications will be placed on the waiting list until openings are available.

TAMS is in its third year with an enrollment of 56 students grades 4k to fourth grade. TAMS will add fifth grade next for the 2018-19 school year.

The school has two multi-level classrooms. Teacher Laura Ames and assistant Tonya Forrest lead children’s house (4k and 5k). Teachers Amy Jereb and Molly McNamara, along with assistant Megan Atkins, guide Education 1(first, second and third grades) and E-2 (fourth grade). Next year fourth and fifth grade will be taught together.

TAMS principal Tim Gnewikow assists the TAMS governance board and staff with school operations.

Montessori education offers a teaching style based on the method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Her belief was that children learn by using all five senses through repetition. They have “works” that they complete every day along with classroom “chores.” Children learn at their own pace.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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