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San Marin Montessori

36 San Felipe Way
Novato, CA 94945

(415) 898-5922


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

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori math materials
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
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
  • 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 Solar System Botany Geography Lands volcanoes rivers oceans Insects and spiders Human Body

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

San Marin Montessori was founded with the idea To Help Children Become All They Can Become, by providing a unique prepared environment where children's inherent love for learning is encourage by giving them the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

San Marin Montessori, true to the teaching and spirit of Dr. Maria Montessori, exist to create an environment which fosters respect for others, discipline, integrity and moral strength of self, a passion for learning and inspiring each child to thrive in a challenging, dynamic world. Believing " Those who will learn today will lead tomorrow"

A Typical Day

9:00am children arrive to school
9:10am breakfast
9:30am circle time
10:00am work time
11:00am outside time
11:45am lunch time
12:30pm circle time
1:00pm nap time
2:45pm snack time
3:00pm children go home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

San Marin Montessori provides each month a newsletter with different topics.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • 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

Parents stay with their children as long as they want to, the peaceful classroom environment helps children with the adjustment period.