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American River Montessori

401 Mormon St.
Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 294-0788


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Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten in Folsom's Historic District. Our program includes Music Together, Garden of Learning, yoga, and Spanish/Mandarin instruction.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Observation, checklists and anecdotal recording are some of the evaluative tools that we utilize to assess each child. The teachers are observing the child on a daily basis to assess the child’s learning and academic progress. It is important to be able to encourage children to be independent; the discipline of daily observation is crucial in order to support the child’s independence and learning and to discern what jobs should be introduced to the child to promote additional learning. For instance, a child who needed assistance daily in unbuttoning her coat could be shown the shirt-buttoning job both to promote her independence and to improve her fine motor skills. We have regularly scheduled parent-teacher conferences to discuss our observations and recommendations. We also find that Montessori instruction is particularly well-suited, in that its focus on self-pacing allows children to develop at their own best pace in those areas of knowledge in which they are ready to excel.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Montessori method best suits our teaching philosophy because we have seen evidence that children do very well when taught with this method. They are encouraged to start and finish jobs, they are taught to be independent and self-pacing, and the jobs they complete encourage the type of abstract thought necessary to be successful in school. In addition to teaching through the "Montessori Method," we have learned other skills to support each child in developing the skills necessary to be successful in Kindergarten and elementary school. For example, we know that aiding each child in learning all the sounds of the alphabet, identifying all the letters of the alphabet, identifying numbers up to 20, knowing the letters in one’s name, and learning social graces are skills that make it easier to be successful in later school. We also understand the balance needed to make sure a child is enjoying learning while in the preschool environment, because the preschool experience will set the stage for attitudes toward elementary school. As well as helping children learn, our teachers are also interested in learning more themselves; we are always looking for ways to expand our professional skills and keep them up-to-date through continuing education, certifications, and collaboration with other educational professionals. We hope that our passion for learning will serve as a model for your child.

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