OMS is dedicated to the balanced, whole child Your children are so young for a very short time and during this time they change and grow daily. Our carefully designed environment supports their development. Our experienced teachers also support parents to better understand and assist their child.
Hours: A key benefit of OMS is its flexible schedules designed to meet child and family needs. Programs range from three mornings a week to five full days. Many children begin with three mornings and add hours and days as they become adjusted. Standard options include three, four, and five mornings; and three, four, and five days until 3:00 or 6:00.
Daily: The children are greeted by the teachers and then children chose their activities to work either alone or together. The childrens' work falls into the Montessori categories: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language and Cultural Subjects. There is also time for group activity such as music, art, play, snack, and there is also time for quiet reflection. At 11:00, following a group circle the children play outside. Lunch is at 11:00, (Children bring their own healthy lunches) 1:00 Projects and/or nap. The school day ends at 3:00 and the extended day begins. Following a healthy and substantial snack the children engage in free play until 4:30 when most of the children have gone home and a small group has "tea", another snack and a time to regroup. From 5:00 until 6:00 they are indoors with traditional toys such as a train set and legos. weekly schedule is posted and emailed so that parents can know and support daily activities.
Summer: OMS provides a summer program from mid June through most of August in two-week sessions. The summer is relaxed yet enriching - filled with cooking, field trips and fun. Because of its calmer nature, the summer program also provides a nice way for incoming children to transition to the fall session.
Field Trips: Regular field trips are taken with parent participation. Prior destinations have included a Pumpkin Patch, San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall, the Nutcracker Ballet, and the Chabot Space and Science Center. We also take walks to our neighborhood library and parks.