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My Own Montessori

5723 Oak Grove Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

(510) 652-5979

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My Own Montessori is a Montessori pre-school for ages 2.3 through Kindergarten. Our school is in the bottom flat of a beautiful home with a large outside area. We also have a detached garage for art, music, rainy day play, and more.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

A Montessori school is a very special place for the education of young children. The curriculum is developed to stress a carefully prepared environment, an environment which is stimulating, attractive and directed toward the interests of the children who use it.

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 Montessori materials Spanish lessons Gardening Music classes

From the Director:

The Montessori philosophy stresses the belief that a child's most critical learning period occurs during the first six years of life. To make the most of this "desire for learning", and to nurture this "natural energy" has become the goal and basis of Montessori education.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori teachers are especially trained in an individualized approach to teaching young children. They are very adept at working with several children at a time who have different ages and abilities.

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

A day in the life of a MOM child.

8:00am Early morning care begins
8:45am School begins
8:45am to 12noon Work period-The children use the specially developed Montessori materials in the five areas - (practical life, language, math, sensorial, and cultural) and outside time where the children have full use of activities on the yard such as climbing structure, wheel toys, gardening, art and more.
11:30am Circle time-Consists of demonstrations of new work, music/singing/movement, and birthday celebrations.
12 noon to 12:30pm Lunch time
12:30pm to 12:45 Story time, Movement & Singing
12:45pm Morning program ends
12:45pm to 2:30pm Afternoon program (Older children "Kindergarten- ready" have a rest time with a continuing story read and an additional work time [small group with more advanced curriculum] Younger children have nap/rest time/art & snack.)
2:30pm to 2:45pm Story time, Movement & Singing
2:45pm Afternoon program ends

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

At My Own Montessori we want the parents to feel as comfortable as we know the children will be.
We have weekly and monthly notes and newsletters about what is happening at MOM.
The following are other ways to be involved in your child's experience at MOM:
•Attend field trips, school performances (2 per year), parent/teacher conferences, school parties (stone soup, garden clean up, open house), etc.
•Volunteer in the classroom. (Great opportunity to work with all the children and get to know them.)
•Do you have a special interest, hobby, holiday that you could share with us?

We value the parents' help a great deal. Along with our love and knowledge of the Montessori approach, we can be a great team together in educating your children.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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

At MOM we handle separation issue very well. Children and parents have visited many times before they start. We phase the new children in so they will get extra attention from the teachers.