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Beth Montessori

8660 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 452-3030


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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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
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.
Physical activity more

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  • 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 Geography, Science, World Cultures, Cooking, Movement and Space, Enviromental

From the Director:

The Beth Montessori Curriculum is comprised of five distinct areas of concentration: Practical Life enhances skills and coordination through gross and fine motor tasks. These activities serve to increase children?s attention span and encourage task completion. The Sensorial area helps children develop and refine their senses to discriminate, categorize and explore key concepts. Mathematics makes use of manipulative materials to enable children to understand abstract concepts of numbers, symbols, the decimal system, mathematical operations, and basic number facts. Language Arts includes oral language development, written expression, reading, grammar, creative dramatics, and children?s literature. The Hebrew language program exposes children to the Hebrew vocabulary associated with the Jewish holidays and culture. Enrichment activities expose children to music, movement, Jewish culture and traditions, art, sceince and geography.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Dr. Maria Montessori based her educational methods on scientific observation of children's learning processes. At Beth Montessori, children progress at their own pace, choosing materials from a wide variety of possibilities. By selecting activities according to their natural interest, children experience the joy of learning. Judaic studies are woven into the curriculum through music, holiday celebration and stories, enabling youngsters to form a connection with their Jewish heritage.

The Montessori Method emphasizes learning through all five senses. Care and attention are given to creating a learning environment that reinforces children?s independence and intellectual development. Children work in multi-aged groups where children share their knowledge and strengthen their sense of community.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We keep our parents informed and educated by a variety of ways:
Monthly Newsletter
Parent Educations Nights
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Meetings
Observations in and out of the classrooms
Activities in the Community


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions