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Montessori For Toddlers With Terese

20 Pacific Drive
Novato, CA 94949

(415) 883-2445


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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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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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  • 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
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" Its purpose is to provide:
A small group Montessori experience for toddlers in the security of a safe, loving home environment.
A place where a positive separation experience is encouraged and to help the child make a successful transition from home to school. .
An opportunity for toddlers to explore and experiment in an environment which has been carefully prepared with challenging and stimulating materials. As children work together in the classroom, they are gently guided in a manner, which enhances their innate sense of independence, order, respect, and kindness.
A place where each child is treated as an individual and is encouraged to move at his or her own pace.
A wonderful outdoor play area where children will have plenty of opportunity for gross motor activity so important to their growing bodies.
A supportive atmosphere for parents as they watch their children grow into happy, self-confident, independent three year olds.
A natural flow through growth and development building self-confidence, self- esteem and enhancing overall well being.

A Typical Day

"Program Activities include:
Practical Life Activities including: food preparation, cooking, pouring, sweeping etc.
Language Arts
Creative Free Play
Organized Movement Activities for motor skills development"

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent Education is an important part of the family learning experience at Montessori for Toddlers. Terese leads evening workshops for parents on the Positive Discipline aproach by renowned author Jane Nelsen.

Parents and teachers communicate on a daily basis either in person, by email or by phone.

Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled annually.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage a positive separation experience allowing parents to stay with their child for up to two weeks.