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Sundance Montessori

216 Natoma Street
Folsom, CA 95630

(916) 985-6034


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In the carefully prepared Montessori class environment, materials and curriculum are designed for children to explore hands-on with a variety of challenging academic subjects. We specialize in small class sizes with 2 teachers per class to ensure each student receives plenty of individualized attention. Sundance welcomes parents to become active in our classsrooms and school life. At Sundance we embody an extended family community for our students and families.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

At Sundance Montessori it is our mission to build a school community that embraces the diversity of our students, parents, and teachers. Through our community we will nurture the individual spirit of each child through the Montessori Method.

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 Sundance Montessori School Preschool-Kindergarten teaches a complete curriculum in language, math, science, history, writing, geography, biology, practical life, sensorial, and art. Curriculum is taught using the Montessori method of a child-led, self-guided, hands-on learning, with the teacher giving lessons on an individualized level.

From the Director:

Curriculum is taught using the Montessori method. Montessori-made, didactic materials are carefully arranged in each classroom so that children can use them with confidence. Teachers allow children to first explore the material to gain confidence, then provide formal instruction on how to properly use the material to gain subject mastery.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All teachers at Sundance Montessori School are trained in the Montessori method of education. In addition, many of our teachers also hold a California State Teacher Credential, as well as degrees in education-related fields.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

9:00 a.m. Class begins with opening circle lesson
9:30 a.m. Work period & snack
11:30 a.m. Afternoon circle lesson
12:00 pm. Lunch & recess
1:15 p.m. Rest period-Kindergarten lessons
1:45 p.m. Work period & snack
3:00 p.m. Class ends

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Sundance communicates with parents with school newsletters, classroom newsletters, email, evites, and Tuesday notices.
In the spring we hold Parent-Teacher Conferences to meet with every child's family to discuss the child's academic and social progress.
Parents are also welcome to schedule appointments to meet with any faculty during the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have been educating children since 1989. Our dedicated, loving faculty will help make your child's transition to school as comforting as possible, both for the child and the parent. Parents are encouraged to call the school to check in on their child to see how the day is going. Teachers will reassure and remind children when they can expect their parents to return. Parents fill out an application giving teachers detailed information about a child's personality so that teachers can invite children to do activities that they enjoy.