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Entrusted with Bluffton’s Children Since 1987

May River Montessori offers inspiring learning environments for ages 2-16

We inspire a love of learning, compassion, and acceptance through an authentic Montessori community.”

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May River Montessori

School Address:
60 Calhoun Street, Bluffton SC, 29910

Mailing address: 
P.O. Box 2557, Bluffton SC, 29910



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May River Montessori2 days ago
Our students have been working steadily on class projects for our upcoming spring auction. Our theme this year is LOVE and the projects are generating a lot of enthusiasm with both our young artists and staff!

We’ve continued to explore color theory and tried several techniques with acrylic paints on myriad canvases including fabric and textured wallpaper. We found acrylic pouring to be messy, exciting and extremely satisfying! We also enjoyed using palette knives with heavy body acrylics (expired gift cards work really well in this application), stippling with cotton swabs and wooden dotters and sponge printing. We also used liquid watercolors on wet paper (the “wet on wet” technique), which produces a very different result than liquid watercolors on dry paper.

This past month we also ventured into stitching, made Chihuly-like scultpures with plastic sheets that shrink when baked, and continued working with both air dry and polymer clay to create more gnomes, essential oil diffusers and other creatures! Air dry clay can be painted when dry or wet and once the work dries, more paint can be added if needed.

One of our studio goals is to help students understand how to use and take care of our materials so they can set themselves up for success in future creative projects both at school and at home. Happy creating!
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Coastal Discovery Museum
Last week elementary students took a field trip to the Coastal Discovery Museum to expand their understanding of our local indigenous culture.

We learned about the Native Americans in our area, the Escamacu people of the Cusabo nation. We discovered that the Escamacu people invented clay pots and so we practiced making and decorating them with organic materials as well.

We also explored tanks with native South Carolina species- a yellow bellied slider, diamondback terrapin, Horseshoe crab, corn snake, and an American alligator.
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May River Montessori5 days ago
Farmer B integrates our Montessori tools in a such a unique way! Here, he’s using some of the grammar symbols as a stamping tool when planting new seeds.

While it’s not the way the work was intended to be used, it shows creativity and divergent thinking. Did you know creativity is identified by the World Economic Forum as a top skill needed in today’s workplace? Here’s to letting creativity flourish each and every day at MRM!

If you’re interested in what made the 2023 cut of top skills and what future predictors are, read on here:

About May River Montessori

Our Mission

We inspire a love of learning, compassion, and acceptance through an authentic Montessori community.

May River Montessori
May River Montessori

Our Vision

Shaping future generations of world-changers and peacemakers. 

Our Heritage

May River Montessori opened its doors in August of 1987 to 17 young children who became the school’s first students. In four short years, the school’s growth exceeded the capacity of the original site. Over the last three decades, the school has continued to grow through three relocations and over seven major additions and renovations to its current home. May River Montessori has played a significant role in the social and educational environment of the growing Bluffton community.

The brainchild of two mothers, May River Montessori, has grown and flourished throughout the years, touching the lives and hearts of hundreds of families. In turn, each of these families has become a beautiful part of May River Montessori’s heritage and has helped to make the school what it is today.

May River Montessori
May River Montessori

Our Organization

May River Montessori Is a non-profit, tax exempt, 501 C-3 corporation. Voluntary contributions to MRM, where no goods or services are received in turn, are tax deductible as defined in the IRS guidelines. May River Montessori will look beyond tuition income to voluntary contributions from families and friends of the school who want to invest in the school’s development.

The school is licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) and operates under the guidelines of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

What is the Montessori Method?

The basic idea in the Montessori philosophy of education is that every child carries unseen within, the adult he/she will become. In order to develop their physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the fullest, children must have freedom – freedom to be achieved through order and self-discipline. The world of the child is full of sights and sounds, which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order, and learn to distinguish among the impressions that assail his/her senses, slowly but surely gaining mastery of self and the environment.

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Policy of Non-Discrimination

May River Montessori admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies and other school administered programs.

May River Montessori
May River Montessori

Policy of Tolerance

May River Montessori chooses to be embracive and tolerant of the religious backgrounds of its students and welcomes the sharing of the cultural aspects of those religions in a spirit of respect. The children often offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God before snacks and meals. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Easter are celebrated as holidays. American patriotic holidays are also observed in accordance with the national calendar.

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“…it’s such a wonderful place.”

“We have 4 students here…our kids are all so different…this school is doing a really good job of meeting them where they’re at…helping them be the best version of themselves…”

Dr. Carey Christiansen Ford

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