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Cedar Creek Montessori

1600 Sacramento Street
Berkeley, CA 94702

(510) 525-1377

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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
  • Many hands-on counting and math materials.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Many of the maps are map puzzles of the world and its continents.
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
  • There is a children's vegetable and flower garden. There is a Nature Studies class in the afternoon for the older children.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music class once a week, plus daily singing at circle times.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art materials available throughout most of the day, plus an Art Class every afternoon.
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
  • Several climbing structures.
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The Montessori classroom is set up with a broad range of educational materials in areas such as daily life, sensorial, language/reading, math, art, culture, and nature. They choose their own activities in the classroom and learn at their own pace. Under the guidance of a trained teacher, they develop skills arising from their own concrete experiences with the materials. .

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori education is based on each individual child's own interests and development, and because our classes are mixed age, the children learn at their own pace.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cedar Creek Montessori School provides a safe, nurturing environment based on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, where young children learn through exploration and discovery, develop creativity and self-reliance, and expand their social, cognitive and motor skills to their full potential.

A Typical Day

The day begins with indoor and outdoor free play.

At about 9:30 the children come into the Montessori classroom, which is a prepared environment with many choices of activities, from pouring water through funnels and building with blocks, to reading and math.

There is more outdoor play time in our large, well equipped yard, before and after lunch, and again after nap.

For the older children who no longer nap, there is a Nature Studies class.

Art is available throughout the day, and story/song/game circles during transition time.

The day ends on a relaxing note with Tea Time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

- Parent Information Night
- Semi-annual parent-teacher conferences
- An open environment with daily interaction between parents and teachers.

Each fall there is a parent meeting about choosing an elementary school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

First, before starting, a new child comes on a few orientation visits with a parent. Then the first few days are shorter days. We help the child feel as comfortable as possible, and teachers actively help transition the child.