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Mariposa Montessori (Ferris Ave.)

16548 Ferris Avenue
Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 356-8816


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

In the Montessori Method, teachers do not 'teach' as in the usual curriculum, they rather guide the children' learning through the use of the specially designed Montessori Materials.

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
  • Montessori apparatus
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori apparatus
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Montessori apparatus
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
  • Montessori apparatus and lessons
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Bells
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Montessori apparatus and lessons
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
  • 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
  • grass area for large movement
Other subjects taught Our curriculum is centered on the child himself, in view of developing the whole person and to build autonomy, self confidence and love for learning.

From the Director:

For each 'free play with some structure' understand: the teachers give lessons to the children on how to use the materials accurately, but the children decide which area and material they want to work with and the repetition and length of time on it.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori methods rests on the respect of each child as a person. Respect of their own rhythm of development and way of learning. A child who is consider 'behind' will be given enough presentation and diversity to practice his skills. One that is excelling will be offered more advanced works to satisfy his learning abilities (can be counted in years).

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Montessori philosophy

A Typical Day

Arrival to school (carline or walked to class)

Transition time through work period

Circle time around music, stories, group activities (snack can be part of the work period or outside time)

outside time

dismissal from classroom

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Informal daily conversation, communication forms, telephone and email communications, conferences.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a special phase in week at the beginning of the year.