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Old Mission Montessori School

4070 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92054

Phone:
(760) 757-3232

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Montessori Method of Education is a unique approach to "learning" rather than "teaching" a child concepts, an environment is designed to stimulate the child's interest and facilitate understanding. The children learn as work is done independently with the many materials in the environment. The Montessori educator is not only interested in accelerating mental growth, but in helping each child fulfill his/her human potential.

Each child follows his/her own inner time clock for development. Montessori education stresses concepts learned spontaneously, as children work independently with materials in a prepared environment.

A Primary Montessori classroom is divided into five basic areas:

1. Practical Life:
- Develop a sense of order
- Develop ability to concentrate
- Refine coordination
- Increase independence and self-confidence.
- Promote the self-esteem of the child
- Daily living skills

2. Sensorial
- Sensory discrimination
- Refine his/her senses: visual, auditory,
gustatory, olfactory, and tactile
- Recognition that all senses are used in the
process of discovery and learning
- The materials isolate and refine a single
sense as well as assist in the development
of vocabulary
- Pattern recognition and problem solving

3. Mathematics
- Experience quantity concretely
- Number recognition
- Concept of place value
- Mathematical operations
- Use of Montessori materials to move from
concrete to abstract
- Use of visual and tactile senses in the
learning process

4. Language
- Left to right eye movement
- Coordination
- Phonetic introduction to letters, using visual,
auditory, and tactile senses
- Blending sound to form simple phonetic
words, then more complex words
- Increase vocabulary
- Creative writing
- Self-expression

5. Cultural Subjects
- Encourage an appreciation for the world
around us
- Introduction to the wonders of nature and
elements of other cultures
- Develop a respect for all living things and an
understanding of their needs


For nearly a century, perhaps one of the best-kept “secrets” in education has been the highly successful approach developed by the
first female physician in Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori.

Despite the fact that Dr. Maria Montessori began developing this method of education in 1901, advocates of this method insist that it is
on the cutting edge of the current reform movement in education.

The Montessori program includes:

o multi-age classrooms
o early childhood education
o a rich and extensive curriculum
o cross-discipline learning
o individualized instruction and curriculum
o writing before reading
o exposure to classical literature
o development of self-discipline
o teaching values
o allowing self-discovery instead of spoon-fed information
o using hands-on materials
o fostering scientific and mathematical aptitudes
o nurturing appreciation for history and timelines
o instilling value and appreciation for cultural differences
o caring for our global environment
o school setting with a “family atmosphere”

Since the system was re-introduced to the United States around 1960, thousands of private and many public Montessori schools have opened.

We are proud of our program and our teachers who believe in the method and protect the philosophy within the Montessori classroom
environment.

All children, regardless of economic standing, are invited to attend Old Mission Montessori School. We believe children, parents, and our school profit from active involvement, while learning and growing together. Education requires parents, teacher, and child (student) to work together in cooperation; a weakness in any one of these
decreases the efficiency of the others while inhibiting the development of the child
(student).

We encourage regular communication between home and school. We recognize the importance of parental involvement in the education of children. The Montessori Method of education is a unique approach to learning. Rather than
“teaching” concepts to a child, the environment is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and facilitate understanding. The children learn as work is done independently with the special didactic materials in the environment. The Montessori educator is not only interested in stimulating mental growth, but in helping each child fulfill his/her human potential. Each child follows his/her own “inner clock” for development.
Montessori education stresses concepts learned spontaneously, as children work independently with specific materials in a prepared environment.

The appropriate group for a child is determined by the characteristics exhibited by the child. For practical purposes, the school is housed in classes where children span a three- year chronological age period. Ideally, a child will have the same directress (teacher) for all three years. This mixed-age grouping also provides younger children with role models, while allowing older children to reinforce their knowledge by helping less experienced children. In this way a spirit of cooperation is fostered, rather than one of competition.

Groupings include: children two and one half to five years of age in the primary classroom and children five to six and one half years of age in the transition classes.

Each program is designed specifically to meet the needs of children (students) during distinctive “sensitive periods,” therefore, the curriculum of each level is approached separately.


(excerpted from website and handbook)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school