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Northern Light School

3710 Dorisa Avenue
Oakland, CA 94605

(510) 957-0570


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Northern Light School offers a Montessori pre-school environment. The Montessori classroom is designed to help children develop a joy for learning and discovery. The environment allows each child to develop at his or her own pace in several areas of study which include practical life, sensorial, language, math, science, geography and cultural subjects, art, and grace and courtesy. The activities in each of these areas aim to assist each child in acquiring independence, concentration, coordination and self-confidence. Extracted from

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

Brief Description of Each Curriculum Area 1.Practical Life: Allows the child to master everyday activities such as zipping, pouring, and sorting; it also indirectly prepares the child's hand for writing. 2.Sensorial: Refines the child's senses through exploration of weight, color, size, shape, smell, etc. 3.Language: Expands oral language skills; teaches letter sounds and names; prepares hand for writing and enhances skill for writing. 4.Math: Encourages a child to explore the concepts of counting, quantity, numerals, and the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through the manipulation of concrete materials. 5.Science: Introduces the child to biological and physical sciences. 6.Geography and Cultural Subjects: Explores land and water forms, globes, maps and introduces different cultures through objects, pictures, food and stories to present an expended view of the world to each child. (Some Spanish language instruction is included.) 7.Art: Encourages use of paints, glue, scissors, pencils, watercolors; introduces classic artists and paintings. 8.Grace and Courtesy: Reinforces social skills of sharing, taking turns, respect for each other and the classroom environment. Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Northern Light School is committed to providing a high quality education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, especially those who would not have the opportunity for a private school education. The faculty and staff create an atmosphere in which every child can grow academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually, to become healthy, productive members of their families and communities.

The focus is on excellence in teaching basic academics as well as non-violence, acceptance of differences, respect for the environment, and the moral advancement of humanity--so that the children develop an understanding that they have a responsibility to make a difference in the lives of others.
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