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The Child Unique Montessori School (Pacific Site)

2212 Pacific Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501

(510) 521-1030


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

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Maps
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
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

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

"To create a concrete, experiential learning foundation that centers around the achievement of the full development of the child. We are committed to maintaining an environment that stimulates, challenges and creates a curiosity about learning, while engendering a love, respect and understanding of self and others. The Child Unique School welcomes all applications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation or family structure in the administration of our policies, including hiring, admissions, tuition assistance, and other school-administered programs."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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.