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Montessori School of Oceanside (Cannon Rd.)

3525 Cannon Road
Oceanside, CA 92056

(760) 941-3883


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

(from website)
Montessori is a philosophy and method of education which emphasizes the potential of the young child and develops this potential by utilizing specially trained teachers and special teaching materials. This is a program through which the child develops at his own pace, moving from one success to another.

Montessori recognizes in the child a natural curiosity and desire to learn; the Montessori materials awaken this desire and channel his curiosity into a learning experience which the child enjoys. Montessori materials help the child to understand what he learns by associating an abstract concept with a concrete sensorial experience. In this manner, the child is actually learning and not just memorizing

A Typical Day

This is an environment prepared for children between ages 2 1/2 and 6, and entirely Montessori based. In this program, your child will have the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to move around his environment, and satisfy his inner needs for imitation, repetition, and movement through the following areas.

Exercises of Practical Life

These activities satisfy the child's need for imitation through simple to complex activities that he has seen in his home environment. These activities which can be as simple as grasping beans from one container to another, or as detailed and complex as dishwashing, will allow the child to satisfy his need for imitation. They will also favor the development of his coordination of movement, independence, self-awareness, social skills of grace and courtesy, as well as concentration and attention.

Sensorial Materials

These materials will help develop and refine your child's senses. Sensorial materials are concrete abstraction of the environment, such as color, shape, and size. Through these materials, and with the help of the directress, the child experience each of these qualities of the environment, only using one of his senses at a time. This area will help the child develop his senses, and prepare his mathematical mind, and develop his sense of appreciation of art and language.

Mathematical Materials

Through this area, the child will learn to love and appreciate the skills necessary for counting, adding, multiplying, dividing in all areas of mathematics, including static, dynamic or decimal operations. Once again, all the material in this area is set up in a concrete to abstract concept.

Language Materials

From the moment the child walks in the classroom, his vocabulary is constantly enriched and increased through all the areas of the environment. This area will concentrate on phonetically develop the child's ability to read and write at a very early age. He will also have the opportunity to learn parts of speech, oral expression, and creative writing, with the use of fun materials such as the farm game.

Cultural Materials

This area offers geography, history, botany, zoology, and human values materials. Your child will enjoy discovering his world and the world around him using his language, sensorial, and mathematical skills.