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Hopper Creek Montessori School

2141 2nd Street
Napa, CA 94559

(707) 252-8775


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Hopper Creek Montessori School is dedicated to the growth of the total child. Socially, emotionally, developmentally, academically and physically your child's needs will be met on a daily basis. The Montessori philosophy provides a prepared environment to meet the needs of each individual child based on where he/she is at in their development. A positive self-esteem coupled with a love of learning is our goal for the child. These two goals can be achieved through the independence the child acquires as he learns to make choices in the classroom, talk about his feelings and be a responsible member of the classroom. Positive attitudes and discipline is what we strive for.

Read on for details on Maria Montessori and the Montessori Philosophy. Our unique approach to her methods and the areas of study we offer to the children everyday combine to create our very unique and enriching learning environment.

Our philosophy extends also to the role that parents play at Hopper Creek Montessori School. Parents are a vital part of Hopper Creek Montessori School. We rely on our parents to be a support unit for the school. The more involved the parents are, the better our program runs. Remember...

Parents are welcomed at any time throughout the day to enjoy a morning or brief time with their child, no appointment is ever necessary!
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:45 am - 8:45 am Early arrival, childcare includes games, individual activities, art.

8:45 am - 9:30 am Outside play, gross motor development.

9:30 am - 9:50 am Group snack

9:50 am - 10:10 am Group time inside includes presentation of materials, discussion of events, calendar, weather, discussion of the day's events, units of study.

10:10 am - 11:30 am Work time. The children are dismissed to do work that they have selected. At this time, the teachers give individual or group lessons and assistance. There are different goals for each child. Areas of study are practical life, snack sensorial, math, language, geography, science and art.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm Group time. Stories, games, music and movement activities.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch and outside time.

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Nap time. Children may or may not need naps. Those who nap will, and those who do not will use this as a quiet time using art materials, listening to stories or other outdoor activities.

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Kindergarten program in session. Units of study in geography, science and cultural information. A data-based tool skill program will be implemented, whole language, workbooks, journals, reading, writing, drama and first grade readiness activities will be offered.

3:00 pm - 3:15 pm Kindergarten dismissal.

3:15 pm - 6:00 pm Childcare. Relaxation, games, stories, art, role playing.
Excerpted from the preschool's website