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Wonder Years Montessori School

141 West Las Tunas
Arcadia, CA 91007

(626) 445-8834

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We believe that children should be able to choose their activities, but at the same time they are very much capable to learn to their utmost potential.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • 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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  • Montessori materials
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • magnets, stethoscopes, etc.
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
  • drawing by themselves
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Our teaching is one to one basis. The child is taught at his/her own level.

From the Director:

Being a Montessori School we concentrate on academic areas also as well as free play.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We care, because tomorrow starts here." Every child is unique, it's the teacher who can nurture them and can make them ready for the future.

A Typical Day

9:00 - 9:20: circle time-songs, etc.; 9:25 - 10:00: free play; 10:00 - 10:15 snack; 10:20 - 11:00 teaching time; 11:00 - 11:45 outside play time; 12:00 - 1:00 lunch time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have two open houses (Nov. and April) and two Parent Teacher conferences (January and June). Besides that, being a small school we see each parent every day and can communicate with them easily.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We do allow parent for some of the time at the beginning then the teacher takes over.