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Mission Montessori Academy

26763 Plaza
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Phone:
(949) 582-3956

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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
  • Didactic Montessori Materials such as Pink Level Boxes, Moveable Alphabet, Sandpaper Letters, Initial/Middle/Ending Sound Jobs,
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Didactic Montessori Materials such as the Bead Stair, Red and Blue Rods, 100 Board, 1-1 Correspondence, Sandpaper Numerals, Bank Game, etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Didactic Montessori Materials such as Red Rods, Clock Stamping, Globes, Continent Maps, and more.
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
  • Vegetable Garden, Science Shelf w/ Magnetic Non-Magnetic, Sink and Float, and additional Didactic Montessori materials
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
  • Basketball hoops, playhouses, bike trails and shady play area.
Other subjects taught Science, Geography, Botony, Gardening, Art, Bible Studies

From the Director:

Children make choices from the areas of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Cultural Studies and Art. Montessori is a learning environment where children can go as far as they are able academically. However, children are not forced. The environment is prepared in a way that allows children to make the choices. Teachers will invite or encourage as well as older children in the classroom.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori philosophy believes that learning should take place in a non-competitive environment where learning is driven internally to better ourselves. Children are challenged individually.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Mission Montessori is an AMS affiliated preschool. We employ AMS and AMI credentialed teachers. We provide learning in a non-competitive, nurturing, Christian environment. In addition to the Montessori curriculum children participate in weekly Fine Art, Bible Study and Music. The Montessori philosophy allows children freedom with limits.

A Typical Day

Children begin their days with a short play time and line up to start the academic day at 9:00 AM. In the Montessori classroom children are taught to hang their coats, put their own things away in their cubbies and greet their teachers. We start our morning with group circle time, which includes morning song, prayer and a daily group lesson. Children then make choices from the Montessori work materials of practical life, sensorial, language, math, geography/science and art areas. Teachers move around the room observing and giving individual and small group lessons. Children are also invited to make their own morning snack which is set up as a practical life activity. Following work time children participate in extra-curricular activities such as weekly art lessons, Bible or music. Prior to lunch time children have outdoor playtime. During this time children participate in free play, sensorial tables, gardening or group activities. After recess children wash hands, say grace and eat lunch. Half day children leave after lunch. Full day children participate in afternoon nap or after a brief rest have a second work period. At 3:00 full day children are picked up. Children that stay for extended day have outdoor playtime from 3:00-3:45, Snack at 4:00 and indoor activities from 4:30-6:00. These activities include art, music, Legos, dress-up and other free choice activities. The school closes at 6:00 PM.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Informal communication may take place daily in person, through journals, daily reports or email. Formal communication is done through Back to School Night, New Parent Orientation, Open House, parent teacher conferences.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children are invited to visit the school with parents several times prior to starting. During that time they may meet the teacher, observe the classroom and play on the playground. We encourage parents to start days off short (perhaps 1 hour at a time depending on the child) and slowly building up to a full day as the child bonds with classmates and teachers.