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The Child Unique Montessori School (Encinal Site)

2226 Encinal Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-9227


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Child Unique is a child centered Montessori School that strives for academic excellence with a diverse cultural surrounding. We combine the best aspects of "American" Montessori and "International" Montessori. We involve a great deal of parent participation.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Concrete materials for numeric understanding, life situations
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Hands on work creating maps and timelines
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
  • Living examples, in-services
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music and dance from other countries
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art Gallery
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
  • Nearby park for sports
Other subjects taught We have a strong cultural curriculum and emphasis in the arts. Children have passports and learn about a different country with emphasis in language, art, music and dance of the area.

From the Director:

The children work independently; the teacher guides students to activities. Teachers also generate cultural topics according to the curriculum calendar and interests of the students. Music is incorporated in circle, in preparation for special events (teacher directed), and in outside time (child directed).

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Child Unique is dedicated to providing students with a learning experience that will form a foundation for their development as complete human beings.

We see an environment which will foster each student's unique strengths, guiding them through areas where they are challenged and encouraging understanding, peace and tolerance. We believe that to be education for peace.

We are a school dedicated to children of families of all compositions.

A Typical Day

8:30-8:45 Circle time: calendar, presentation of a material, grace and courtesy exercise, music

8:45-10:30 work time: individual 'work' in the classroom in the areas of language arts, practical living skills, math, sensorial development, and cultural subjects (including geography, sciences and the arts).

10:30-10:45 Snack and story time

10:45-11:30 Back yard

11:30-12:00 Lunch

12:00-2:00 Rest and quiet time

2:00-2:15 Circle time

2:15-2:30 Snack and story time

2:30-3:15 Afternoon activities: cooking, art, science, music and movement, park day and sports.

3:15-4:00 Back yard

4:00-6:00 Daycare

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have semi-monthly parent meetings, scheduled and as needed or requested, and information via our parent newsletter. We also visit the school if a parent requests it.

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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We ask parents to visit school regularly, and to remain with the child, as an observer, gradually leaving as their child is ready.