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Luna's Montessori Bilingual School

1247 Park Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-2354


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

A child under six years old effortlessly absorbs information from the surrounding environment. Montessori referred to this ability of the child as the absorbent mind. Further, the child is in a sensitive period for order, language, movement, and to better interact with and understand the world. The prepared Montessori environment offers young children the opportunity to learn those things which they are most ready to learn.

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
  • Montessori writing materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori math materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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
Other subjects taught Spanish language

From the Director:

Our goal is to give children the information so that they can explore on their own and enjoy the experience of learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We work with each child as they are, providing each one with uniquely challenging work.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The school philosophy is for your child to experience nurturance, encouragement, and direction in order to optimize the potential of your child in social and emotional development, in language and cognitive development, and in fine and gross motor development.

A Typical Day

7-8 am Inside Time, Story <br> 8-9 am Outside Play <br> 9-9:15 am Group time with Greeting, Calendar, Weather Report, Vocabulary Development with Initial Sound Cards in English and Spanish <br> 9:15-10:30 am Montessori Class Time with Choice of Materials <br> 10:30-11 am Spanish Lesson, Group Time with Music <br> 11-11:50 am Outside Time in Play Yard <br> 11:50 am -12:30 pm Preparation for Lunch, Hot Lunch Provided by School <br> 12:30-2:30 pm Younger Children Nap <br> 12:30-1 pm Older Children Rest and Classical Music <br> 1-2:30 pm Older Children: Cultural, Botany, Zoology, Geography, History <br> 2:30-3:00 pm Group Time with Music and Songs: Composer, Artist, Aesop's Fables of the Month <br> 3-4 pm Hand Washing, Snack, Outside Time in Play Yard <br> 4-5 pm Arts and Crafts, Creative Movement <br> 5-5:15 pm Tea Time with Light Snack <br> 5:15-5:45 pm Inside Time with Music and Activities <br> 5:45-6 pm Story Time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open house <br> Talk daily <br> Observation 2x per year <br> Conference 2x per year <br> Notes <br> Inservice Training for Parents 2x per year

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage the parent to stay with the child for 10-15 minutes at the beginning of class each day. If needed, a child may begin with an abbreviated program, eg. 3 hours per day 3 days per week.