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Mountain Boulevard Preschool

4432 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

(510) 482-2850


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

We offer a balance of developmental vs. structured curriculum that is necessary for a child in this stage of their development.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • 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
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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
  • 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 Our primary focus is on math and language development, as well as exposure to other languages, in preparation for elementary school.

From the Director:

We balance the structured nature of the Montessori curriculum with a child's need to explore, investigate and experiment cognitive activities necessary for human development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To provide the best possible early childhood learning environment for children ages 2 thru kindergarten.

A Typical Day

Every day is a learning experience in the world of wonder from the viewpoint of a child. We strongly support that child is their efforts to grow and understand the world around them.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly newsletter, parent orientation meeting, field trips, on-going daily consultations, bi-annual parent-teacher conferences. We conduct in-depth consultations with each family graduating from out school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage pre-attendance prior the actual start date for students along with parents.