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Villa Montessori School

20900 Stevens Creek Boulevard
Cupertino, CA 95015

(408) 257-3374


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The Montessori Method is designed to take full advantage of the 'absorbent mind' of the young child. It is a unique cycle of learning developed for the children's most sensitive years between 2.5 and 6, when they can absorb information from an enriched environment. The primary emphasis is upon the total development of the child as a child. It encourages children to learn through their own initiative and at their own rate in a carefully prepared environment, which guarantees exposure to materials and experiences that will enhance the development of their intellectual, physical, social and psychological abilities. By pursuing their individual interests in a Montessori classroom, they gain an early enthusiasm for learning, which is the key to their becoming truly educated persons.

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
  • Moveable Alphabet; Object to Word; Picture to Word; Sandpaper Letters; Beginning Sounds; Middle Sounds; Ending Sounds; Rhyming Words; Parts of Speech with Objects; Phonetic Activities;
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Sandpaper Numbers; Quantity to Symbol; 4 Place Value; Base 10 Materials; +,-,x,division using manipulatives; Fractions using Manipulatives; Linear Counting using Manipulatives
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Sink & Float; Measuring using the scale
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Montessori Bells and we also have a Music Director who comes to the school once a week.
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
  • We use a yellow line to skip, hop, walk on toes, and walk on heels.
Other subjects taught Other areas we work on are zoology, botony, geography, anatomy, self-help (known as practical life) and sensorial discrimination (known as sensorial).

From the Director:

We follow the Montessori approach in that a child learns best when done by self. We cultivate the child's own desire to learn through self-choice and by allowing for repetition of the activity. We allow full discovery in all areas including geography, botany, zoology, anatomy, activities that work on self-help skills and sensory discrimination. The approach for each area begins with the general concepts then it is broken down in steps so that the child is able to explore every aspect until they have received all the information they want out of the curriculum topic.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori philosophy is based on following the child. All children develop at their own pace.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Villa Montessori program is designed to enhance and guide each child's spontaneous and natural desire to learn during the most sensitive years of life.

The program encourages independent, self-directed achievement, which develops self-confidence and a positive image.

Our primary goal is not only within the academic realm but to help each child reach their own potential in all areas of life. Throughout our activities and with specially designed material, we will promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, physical coordination as well as cognitive preparation.

A Typical Day

We have a morning program for the younger preschoolers and an afternoon program for the older preschoolers.

From 8:45-9:00 the children begin arriving and are greeted individually by the Director everyday without fail. During this time children will do Practical Life exercises such as dusting off the table place at which they sit and watering their plants. The children then listen to stories until 9:00.

From 9:00-9:30 collective lessons, such as singing, physical and rhythmic exercises, games, geography and botany.

From 9:30-11:00 work time with the Montessori materials and other educational equipment.

From 11:00-11:30 setting the tables and serving snack. Singing or listening to a story. Snack time and preparing for outdoor play.

11:30-11:55 is outdoor play.

12:00 pm is dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We hold a Parents Back to School Night for new and returning parents in the second week of school.

We hold two conferences, one in November and again in May.

We also provide parent-ed. classes through-out the year as well as Montessori Classes to familiarize the parents with the materials and curriculum. We bring in outside speakers for parents as well as hand out schedules of other Parent Ed. Classes and Resources in the area.

We also have monthly newsletters

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have an abbreviated schedule for children who are just starting our school as well as an extra staff person in the classroom who is able to comfort and spend one on one time with children who are experiencing difficulty with any anxiety and/or separation issues.