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Applegarden Montessori

5667 Thornhill Drive
Oakland, CA 94611-2156

Phone:
(510) 339-9666

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Montessori preschool and childcare programs offer personal, prepared environments for the child. Here freedom of self-expression and exploration lead to learning experiences and develop in harmony with the child's own tendencies toward growth, independence, creativity, self-discipline and social awareness. In our school, children work individually and in groups. Activities are designed to elicit the child's interest and to inspire concentration and delight in learning. We also offer quality full-time childcare along with our Montessori programs. We value working closely with parents to nurture each child's fullest possible development.

Extracted from www.applegardenschool.org Feb 2006

A Typical Day

Schedule of the Day

8:00-8:30 Early morning childcare. Children are inside with teacher helping to set up or choosing activities.
8:30-8:50 Arrival. Outside play time Children are playing as their classmates arrive.
8:50-9:10 Slippers on. Optional greeting circle: calendar, weather, singing, news.
9:10-9:20 Optional small groups. Work time begins.
9:20-11:10 Work period. Children choose activities. Directress and assistants help out as needed. Spontaneous small groups and individual lessons occur. Children prepare and serve snacks. Stories may be read to individual children or to small groups. Directress and assistants chart children's activities, write in journals.
11:10-11:15 Clean-up time.
11:15-11:30 Second circle.
11:30-11:35 Shoes on. Morning staff breaks begin as afternoon staff begins arriving.
11:35-11:50 Outside time.

11:50-12:15 Wash hands. Lunch. Either inside or outside, depending on the weather.

12:15-12:30 Clean up from lunch and play time.
12:30-12:45 Story time. Nappers go down for rest.
12:45-1:00 Outside time. Morning class goes home.
1:00-1:50 Kindergroup. Outside or inside art and play for all other non-nappers.
1:30-2:00 Afternoon class arrives. Outside play time.
2:00-2:20 Slippers on. Greeting circle, optional small groups, or begin work period.
2:20-4:00 Work period. Children choose activities. Directress and assistants help out as needed. Spontaneous small groups and individual lessons occur. Children prepare and serve snacks. Stories may be read to individual children or to small groups. Directress and assistants chart children's activities, write in journals.
4:00-4:15 Clean-up time. Closing circle with story time. Shoes on and prepare to go home.
4:15-4:30 Outside play time. Afternoon class goes home.
4:30-4:45 Outside play time. Afternoon staff breaks begin.
4:45-5:00 Wash hands and enjoy childcare snack.
5:00-6:00 Children go home throughout this hour. Children play with blocks, dolls, dollhouse, and other traditonal toys, usually inside.

Extracted from www.applegardenschool.org

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • 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