Helping Hands Montessori Services & Pre-school


Dynamic and caring Montessori home school for toddlers serving 18 months to 3+ years.

In-Home Consultation

Specializing in “bringing Montessori to you” to bridge home and school.

Meet our Staff


Our next  Tour is Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 9:30am



Talitha Green M.Ed., is the founder of Helping Hands Montessori Services and Preschool (HHMS) which opened its doors in 2008. HHMS is a Montessori home-school serving toddlers ages 18 months to 3+ years.  In addition to her school, Talitha is a successful parent coach offering parenting workshops and specializing in helping parents discover Montessori approaches for their child and family.

A mother of two, Talitha built her current schoolhouse in her backyard. This gem is nestled just to the Southeast of downtown Austin. Talitha is truly a product of the Montessori method. She attended Montessori for her first nine years as a child, sought out Montessori type high schools and colleges, and obtained her Primary and Elementary certification from the Association of Montessori International (AMI), and holds a Masters degree in Education from Loyola College in Maryland.

Talitha has 25 years of experience as a Montessori Guide and has helped families locally and nation-wide as a consultant and parent coach for the last 10 years. When you enroll in the HHMS toddler program you will receive a complimentary coaching session tailored to your family’s specific needs.

Janie Furlow, is in her third year as a guide at HHMS. A Wyoming native and mother of four teenagers, Janie has over 2 decades of classroom experience working with all ages, is a certified teacher, and is currently obtaining her Toddler Montessori Training from NAMC. In recent years, Janie was a Montessori assistant guide at an AMS preschool in Colorado for 2 years then was promoted to Head of School where she over saw all the programs from infancy to kindergarten. She worked in this capacity for 3 years  before moving to Dallas and teaching 3rd grade in the public school. Janie moved to Austin with her family in the late Summer of 2017 and found Helping Hands was a perfect fit for her.  She is thrilled to be working with toddlers and feels happy to be part of such an amazing program and team.


Call today to schedule a tour, or set-up a free consultation, and witness a little bit of the magic at HHMS.


Our Mission

Helping Hands Montessori Services is designed to aid children, parents, families and schools in building a bridge and easing the transition from the home-life to the school-life. This is accomplished by creating a loving, rich learning environment for children 18 months to 3+ years and their families, to thrive and grow to their fullest potential.


Our School Offerings, Admissions and Tuition




Flow of the Day:

  • 9:00-9:15- Arrival
  • 9:15-10:30- Welcome and Settling in
  • 10:30-11:00- Potty, hand-washing, snack
  • 11:00-11:45- Outdoor play
  • 11:45-12:00- Potty, Hand-washing, cool down
  • 12:00-12:30-Lunch
  • 12:30-1245- Clean-up, Independent reading time
  • 12:45-12:55- Group reading
  • 12:55-1:00-Adios song and departure

Montessori Lessons

The child in a Montessori classroom has freedom of movement and can, for the most part, choose his or her own work. The guide aids the child in the lesson and then allows the child to work independently,  while observing the progress of child. Concentration and focus are key and the guide pays close attention to not interrupt this important part of the learning process.

Importance of Play

The Montessori environment offers the child myriad ways to engage the imagination. Through indoor and outdoor play the child can literally let their imagination run wild and be fully engaged in the world around them.
~ “Play is the work of the child.” Maria Montessori

Montessori Prepared Environment

Montessori Education is an internationally acclaimed system of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy. Montessori philosophy has been in existence for over 100 years. At its core, it is is designed to promote peace and considers the whole child as well as the environment in its approach.  A rich environment inspires interests and extends the child’s experience, widening her grasp of such things as music, art, history, geography, science, language, and math. Observations, over the years, of the child’s built-in curiosity and interest in all these areas of study and accomplishment, have taught us to focus on the preparation of the early environment and allow the child to choose and to teach herself. The adult’s challenge is to be sure that the environment offers all of the key experiences necessary for the laying of this foundation.

Social Learning

The child is engaged in social learning whether it is family time, independent play, peer-to-peer learning, or cooperative games but the real importance here is concentration. Concentration comes before play and is essential because it is the foundation for learning and lays the basis for development of the child’s character and subsequent social behavior. Many lessons in the Montessori classroom can be given as a group or individually and help aid the child in pro-social behaviors. The Grace and Courtesy lessons, as the name aptly describes, help the child control his/her body and move gracefully while giving them the courtesies of the social life, the “please” and “thank you’s” that denote distinguished manners.

Parents can create a Prepared Environment at home. A Prepared Environment not only includes the physical materials, it also encompasses the atmosphere and the rules that govern the environment (home or school). By adopting a Montessori philosophy at home parents can help their child develop and inspire the child’s intrinsic love of learning. This home prepared environment will help parents observe their child as they develop independence, self-esteem, mental cognition, physical and emotional faculties.

Parent Consults can work hand in glove with what the child is learning at school with Grace and Courtesy Lessons, which include but are not limited to, Care of Self, Care of the Environment, Saying “please and “thank you”, carrying things carefully and with concentration, rolling and unrolling a rug, and putting work away. All of the wonderful things your child learns in school can bridge the home life.

Attendance at Helping Hands Montessori School is not required to have consultations and a package rate is available for those who want to maximize the benefits of a Montessori prepared environment in the home.


Tuition and Fees


HHMS is 5-day per week program from 9:00am-1:00pm.  The annual tuition is paid  in 10 monthly installments- August through May. We offer a 5% sibling discount. Part time is available once all full-time spots have been filled.

The first day of school for students is WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2019. The last day for students is FRIDAY, May 22, 2019.

Number of Days Annual 10 monthly installments
2 days/week $5250.00 $525.00
4 days/week $8500.00 $850.00

*updated FEB. 2019


Enrollment: Amount
Waiting list application fee (Non-refundable) $75.00
New Student Enrollment fee (due with enrollment application and Non-refundable) $300.00
Returning Student Enrollment  fee (due with re-enrollment application and Non-refundable) $200.00
Annual  Supply fee for new and returning students (due in Aug or can be split in half due Aug and Jan and Non-refundable) $300.00

Please print out forms and email to me or bring on the first day along with final payment. If you have any questions please contact Talitha at 512-784-1842.

Summer Camp 2019


JULY 8, – AUGUST 2, 2019.



$975.00 for all 4 weeks.

Admission to HHMS is a 4-step process:

1.Take a Tour
Contact us to find out the date of the next tour.

2. Love what you saw on your tour?
Schedule  a Meet and Greet with the teachers after school. All family members welcome. (by clicking the “schedule’ it should go directly to contact us page)

3. It’s a great fit! Accept a “waitlist” or “open” spot offered by HHMS Admin.

4. Your teacher will schedule a pre-visit for your child prior to the start of school.

View the Enrollment Agreement here.

Enrollment Agreement






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Parent Consultation Prices


Services include but are not limited to working with parents to:

  1. enhance the home space to be more greatly aligned with best age-appropriate child development opportunities
  2. clear the path for a unified approach to child development practices within the home environment.
  3. increase the options for providing loving and simultaneously firm limits and boundaries.
  4. trouble shoot a wide variety of concerns from sleep training for infants to cell phone guidelines for youth.

All parents of HHMS students receive their first 90-minute consultation at no charge as a benefit for joining the HHMS community. Subsequent HHMS parent consultations are offered as desired on a sliding scale.

  • $150
  • ONE 90-min consultation
  • In-person or phone/facetime
  • $250
  • TWO 90-min consultations
  • In-person or phone/facetime
  • $75/hour
  • After initial consult 
  • SKYPE and PHONE  only

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Summer Camp 2018

Monday, July 9 – Thursday, August 3


Summer camp registration is now open for current and former HHMS students and their siblings; serving ages two to six on a first-come-first-serve basis. Camp curriculum is designed to complement the Montessori classroom and the grace and courtesy lessons with additional games, arts and crafts projects, nature walks, special guests, and water day every Thursday!

Camp registration is for the entire 4 weeks. There is a $100.00 non-refundable deposit to secure a spot.  Spaces are limited; sign up now!


Summer Camp Dates: Tuition:
Monday, July 9 –  Thursday, August 3     $800.00


Summer Camp tuition is due JULY 1, 2018. You may pay half on June 1st and the other half on the first day of camp. Tuition must be paid-in-full by the first day of camp and is non-refundable at that time.


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Contact Us

Contact us at 512-784-1842 or by completing the form below. We look forward to hearing from you.