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Rockridge Montessori School

5610 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618

(510) 652-7021


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

A Typical Day

RMS Daily Schedule Part Day Program 8:45-2:45

8:45 Children arrive

8:45-9:00 Preparation for Circle - The children put away morning activities.

9:00-9:15 Group/Circle - Circle begins with Movement, Dancing and stretching.

9:15-9:30 The Good-Morining song, Calendar, Weather, Classroom helpers, Songs, and Presentation of Montessori Materials.

9:15-11:00 Montessori Time - The child focuses on developing his or her fine motor skills and refining his or her senses through the use of Montessori activities:

*Daily Living Skills
*Practical Life/Dramatic Play
*Language and Reading
*Cultural Units
*Science and Geography
*Sensorial Exploration

The child can also choose to use art, water play, play dough and snack. The children can choose to use an activity alone or work with one or two other children.

11:00-12:00 Outside- The children can choose from a variety of outdoor activities. In addition to the stationary equipment, the following activities are rotated on a daily basis'
*Balance rope and beam
*Dramatic Play
*Potato sacks
*Bouncing Balls
*Chalk-Free form exploration

12:00-12:45 Lunch- The children eat lunch in groups at the picnic tables in the backyard.

12:45-2:30 Montessori Time- The afternoon repeats the morning Montessori period, the emphasis is on Language, Math Sensorial and Geography. The children can choose to use an activitiy alone or work with one or two other children.

2:30-2:35 Group Circle- Songs and stories. Parents to pick up children.

2:40 End of day- Classroom closes.

Extracted from Rockridge Montessori Preschool's 2005-2006 Brochure

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