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Giving Tree Montessori School

2222 S Price Rd
Tempe, AZ 85282-3013

(480) 580-7548


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

Every child learns in their own way. We facilitate the different styles of learning by using different styles of teaching along with a strong Montessori foundation.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Individualized workbooks
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori Math
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Montessori Materials
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Spiral Curriculum - Science Program
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Song and Dance
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art Masterpeice and Art Therapy
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Outdoor Environment
Other subjects taught Montessori Style Instruction. The teacher prepares the environment and the child is free to explore. The teacher gives the initial lesson, follow-up lessons as needed and will continue to encouraging the children to challenge themselves. The Montessori Teacher instills a love of learning and motivation to be a self starting learner.

From the Director:

OUR CURRICULUM Practical Life: This area of the classroom is designed to assist the child in the development of motor coordination, concentration, self-discipline, care of self and of the environment, manners, and pre-reading skills. Sensorial: "Training of the senses" is an essential tool for later learning processes. In this area we discover color, size, shape, taste, smell, sound, sight, and touch discrimination and classification. Language: Children begin laying the foundation for reading and writing with their senses, using the sandpaper letters and sound with sight objects to learn the phonetic sounds. There are no distractions, and the process of reading takes place at in individual pace, with minimal interruption by the teacher. Mathematics: Children are exposed to the concrete forms of number concepts and work at an individual level in preparing for an abstract understanding of higher, more complex mathematics functions. Cultural: The cultural area of the classroom includes science, cultural studies, geography, investigation and experimentation. Discovery, classification, and awareness are emphasized. Within the cultural program are the Peace Curriculum, and Group Conservation Projects. Foreign Language: The children will learn about many languages with songs, games, and work in the cultural area. (We also study sign language and body language.) Art: Daily individual art activities for all levels are important for the development of intellectual, social and spiritual stimulus and growth. There are many opportunities for group activities on a regular basis. Music: Group time is a wonderful time for songs, finger-plays, and music and movement games. There are also many items in the environment to promote musical appreciation. Yoga is introduced to the children with music and games, this is a fun and relaxing activity and develops large motor skills. Animal and Plant Care: The children learn about nature, and the responsibility of caring for living plants and animals. The children care for the schools' aquarium, hermit crab habitat and plants. The garden is used for planting food and flowers.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our philosophy is based on the fact that children start learning at the moment of birth. They are constantly observing and assimilating to their environment. Therefore, this environment should be carefully prepared and maintained so that there are no obstacles to hinder their development.

Given a prepared environment and experienced, thoughtful and observant instructors any child can learn to love and love to learn.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our philosophy is based on the fact that children start learning at the moment of birth. They are constantly observing and assimilating to their environment. Therefore, this environment should be carefully prepared and maintained so that there are no obstacles to hinder their development. We are dedicated to the Montessori methodology, built upon the foundation of three fundamental principles - observation, individual liberty, and preparation of the environment. Our goal is to provide an environment that enables the child to develop all of their natural tools for learning in every aspect of developmen"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We hold parent-teacher conferences 2 or more time per academic school year, outlines of learning goals are provided.
Parents are encouraged to observe class sessions at least once yearly and our parent participation program keeps everyone involved.
We offer parent education classes, connection to services/activities in the community, assessments and tutoring.
We specialize in private, individualized education for each child, therefore our parent relationships are very strong.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

While separation anxiety does occur, we find that children entering our tend to feel less overwhelmed because of our class size. Our low ratios and intimate setting enable new students to feel very comfortable.

Typically once the child finds one thing they like about school that is enough to calm their anxiety. We find the fish tank, the art center, library and playground to be the best transition helpers.

When needed children may shadow the teacher for a little while. A little one-on-one time with a kind teacher can be the best medicine!