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Montessori Academy of Campbell (E. Rincon Ave.)

177 East Rincon Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 378-9244


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

From the Director:

"We provide a flexible Preschool-Kindergarten learning program that meets the needs of each parent and child. Stimulating growth and personal strength of the total child.  Interactive Vocabulary Hands-on Learning  Strong Fundamental Academic Preparation  Encouraging Children to Become Self-directed  'Montessori Certified' and Qualified Trained Staff  Low Student / Teacher Ratio  CPR Certified Staff  Caring, Respectful and Warm Atmosphere  Potty Training Available  Healthy Snacks Served  Hot Lunch Served Daily" " Extracted from

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught "No two Montessori schools look exactly the same. Each will be responding to the needs of individual children and to differences in the society and culture they are part of; teachers will also bring in their own special skills and interests. On a first visit to a Montessori school parents usually recognize some well-known pieces of equipment like the Pink Tower but what they are really looking for is more elusive: the essence of Montessori which lies in children's freedom to learn and develop. There are a few outwardly attractive Montessori schools with the most expensive equipment where the philosophy has been pushed to the back of the shelf. There are others with a set of knobbed cylinders and a Pink Tower with a few blocks missing which operate like playgroups but use the name Montessori as an attraction to middle class parents. There are others in remote parts, making their own materials and mending old ones in a church hall, where the spirit of Maria Montessori's teaching shines like a beacon in everything they do. In a true Montessori classroom the child's freedom, dignity and independence are of paramount importance; in many ways what the staff of a school should not be doing is almost as important as what they should. Your first impression should be of a classroom where all is orderly, clean and inviting, with all the activities displayed so the children can reach them. Although some children will work in small groups, occasionally with a teacher, you should see most children working alone for most of the session. Montessori believed that three hours were necessary for the child's 'work cycle' a period of self-directed activity when concentration was at its peak. Because sessions are shorter in present-day Montessori schools most aim for two and a half hours. There should be a general atmosphere of children doing things for themselves carefully and competently - carrying furniture, setting tables, pouring drinks and washing their hands - and following activities which absorb and interest them." Extracted from

From the Director:

"The Montessori method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults. After years of expression, mainly in pre-schools, Montessori philosophy is finally being used as originally intended, as a method of seeing children as they really are and of creating environments which foster the fulfillment of their highest potential - spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual - as members of a family, the world community and the Cosmos. Dr. Montessori gave the world a scientific method, practical and tested, for bringing forth the very best in young human beings. She taught adults how to respect individual differences, and to emphasize social interaction and the education of the whole personality rather than the teaching of a specific body of knowledge. Montessori practice is always up-to-date and dynamic because observation and the meeting of needs is continual and specific for each child. When physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met children glow with excitement and a drive to play and work with enthusiasm, to learn, and to create. They exhibit a desire to teach, help, and care for others and for their environment. The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive environment. The Montessori Method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults. Today Montessori teacher training centers and schools exist on all continents. There are Montessori parenting classes, 'Nidos' ('nests' for infants), infant communities, 'children's houses' (for age 3-6), and classes for children up to age eighteen in public and private schools. Montessori works in gifted and talented programs and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds. Many parents are using Dr. Montessori's discoveries to raise/educate their children at home. The discoveries of Maria Montessori are valuable for anyone living and working with children in any situation. (courtesy of Just who was this woman who began an educational revolution that changed the way we think about children more than anyone before or since? Maria Montessori, born in 1870, was the first woman in Italy to receive a medical degree. She worked in the fields of psychiatry, education and anthropology. She believed that each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a 'blank slate' waiting to be written upon. Her main contributions to the work of those of us raising and educating children are in these areas: Preparing the most natural and life supporting environment for the child Observing the child living freely in this environment Continually adapting the environment in order that the child may fulfill his greatest potential -- physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The Early Years Dr. Maria Montessori, MD. Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Human teachers can only help the great work that is being done, as servants help the master. Doing so, they will be witnesses to the unfolding of the human soul and to the rising of a New Man who will not be a victim of events, but will have the clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society. - Maria Montessori, Education for a New World." " Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our goals:
- To discover and pursue each child's fullest potential of his/her own natural interest to learn spontaneously and with enthusiasm.
- To stimulate the growth of the total child.
- To provide a warm and accepting environment in which each child feels secure, respected and loved.
- To provide an enriched, stimulating environment with safe limits within which the child is an active explorer.
- The physical and intellectual exploration of the interdependence of all life forms on the planet.
- To encourage the child to become self-directed.
- To provide a frame of order through which a child can develop self-control and personal strength.
- To develop creativity and positive self-image.
- To provide cross-cultural environment in which the foundations of global knowledge and peace may be laid. - To experience a cooperative, helpful community and learn conflict resolution skills which insure the continued harmony within the community.

Foreign Language
Through simple, fun exercises children are introduced to foreign languages and develop an appreciation for other cultures and people.

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