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Strongbridge Montessori School

1675 Chester Ave.
Arcata, CA 95519

(707) 845-5173


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Strongbridge Montessori School provides a strong, Montessori-based education for children aged 2.5 through 5 years old. During her extensive early childhood education research, Dr. Montessori discovered that when children are allowed to learn through a prepared environment, they are capable of acquiring many skills, such as language arts, including reading, early math and science, as well as geography and arts and music. The child chooses their own activities from the didactic materials carefully designed by Dr. Montessori to be self-correcting and informative. Teachers act as a guide to introduce concepts to children and to urge them onward progressively. Subject areas include self-care, respect for others, human development and opportunities for outdoor free play"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"School Day Schedule

9:00-9:30 Circle. Includes good manners greetings, calendar/weather identification, story time, singing, Spanish language & geography, and focused topic depending on the day of the week:
Monday-- Botany and plant care
Tuesday-- Eurhythmics (music & movement)
Wednesday-- Injury Inventory (share owies and discuss anatomy and injury prevention strategies)
Thursday-- Silly Day (jokes, and funny songs/stories)
Friday-- Yoga (simple beginning exercises)

9:30-10:15 Classroom activity (individual choice)
10:15-10:30 Snack Time
10:30-11:15 Outdoor Activities (weather permitting)
Rainy day activities include games, clay play, crafts and puppet shows.
11:15-noon Classroom activity (individual choice)

noon-12:30 Lunch
12:30- 1 Circle (same as above)
1-2:15 Classroom activity (individual choice)
2:15-3:00 Outdoor activities/Rainy Day Activities
3pm dismissal
Excerpted from the preschool's website