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Garden Montessori School

495 Verona Avenue
Danville, CA 94526

(925) 837-2969


Since 1978 Garden Montessori School has provided a quality preschool enrichment program for children of the San Ramon Valley. We offer a unique environment where children can learn and work in their own community

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

We believe that the child who possesses social confidence and responsibility, who is emotionally secure and balanced, who loves to think and "do" and know new things - this is the child who is well prepared for elementary school and life.

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
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
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
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
Other subjects taught Garden School is a Montessori based program with a "Whole World" curriculum that is exciting and relevant to children as they learn about people and cultures from all continents.

From the Director:

Garden School is a place where children become engaged with the curriculum and personally satisfied in their accomplishments. We believe that by providing children with these involving and gratifying experiences at school, we are influencing their attitudes about themselves as students and about school in general. We strive to make sure all Garden School students leave with the belief that they are good students, that teachers care about them and their learning, and that achievement is both fun and satisfying

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Three Goals of our Curriculum and Philosophy
INDEPENDENCE: This is what teachers want most for children. As children attain increasing refinement of “The Big Six”, they gain greater levels of independence.
SOCIAL CONNECTION: This is what children want most for themselves. Garden School children are social! We have designed all aspects of our program to foster positive, peaceful and respectful social interactions between children.
ACHIEVEMENT: This is what parents want most for their children. We believe that by supporting the development of “The Big Six” throughout the day, we are providing the children the opportunity to develop the necessary skill-set to ensure their continued academic success.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The goal of Garden School and the Montessori philosophy is to build a foundation for a lifetime of creative learning in the child. It is to develop the characteristics of responsibility, initiative, independence, self-confidence, persistence, a sense of order, the ability to concentrate and an increased curiosity. Exposing children to the sounds of letters and the symbols and quantities of numbers provides them the opportunity to develop an interest and to pursue that interest when they are ready. Learning should be fun. When a child has a choice of many activities and we have the opportunity of determining those choices, we can influence his attitudes toward learning in a very positive way.

The whole issue of pressuring children comes down to the attitudes, philosophy and presentation of activities. Success and failure can be felt in any activity. It is often not what we do, but how we do it that affects a child's behavior and attitudes. By encouraging children and building on their strengths and encouraging them to try new things we are allowing them to discover what they can do and to feel pride in themselves. By encouraging learning and questions we are helping them develop their own thoughts and conclusions. By exposing them to new ideas and concepts we are enriching their lives and stimulating their imaginations. By showing them love and encouragement, we allow them to feel good about themselves and to care for others. We hope what you see as you visit Garden School is a group of happy children having fun.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Morning class example:
8;55 Outdoor play/socialization
9:30 Circle: Greeting, calendar, weather, curriculum/theme discussion.
9:45 Exploration of work projects: art, science, fine motor, gross motor, self-prepared snack, math, language, etc. The outside deck is open to paint, water plants visit the rabbit and turtle.
11:10 Closing circle: Story, games, singing.
11:25 Parents pickup.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Children are greeted at the car each morning by one of the teachers and put into the car at dismissal by the other so parents have contact with each teacher each day.

We have 2 scheduled parent/teacher conferences and are available for additional conferences at any time during the year.

We have special school events for students and their parents throughout the year such as Fall Social, Mother's Tea, Dad's Night, Spring Sing, Science fair, Art Show and End of Year Picnic.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year