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San Marin Motessori

36 San Felipe Way
Novato, CA 94945

(415) 898-5922


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Children learn at their own pace in a well prepared environment, giving children the opportunity to develop the " Love for learning," throuhg exciting, beautiful materials.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • montessori materials
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Not Applicable
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are giving the opportunity to engage in spontaneous, meaninful activities under the guidance of a trained adult. The results are children who are engaged and interesting in learning to advance.

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 foster 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

A healthy breakfast is served at the beginning of the day, a beatiful start for a wonderful day.
Circle time follows after..., work time with challenging materials in a well prepared environment.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

San Marin Montessori belives that the key of a succesful school year is forming a partnership between school and home.
Constant communication is very important.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Asking the parents to stay in school as much as they want.