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Good Neighbor Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten

4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 493-2777


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Good Neighbor Montessori has been one of the leading Montessori Schools in Palo Alto since 1986. Good Neighbor Montessori serves children ages 2 through 6 years.

Good Neighbor Montessori is based on the philosophy by Dr. Maria Montessori and provides a happy, peaceful, safe and home-like environment for children throughout their day at Good Neighbor Montessori. We are committed to a program in which your child is respected as an individual and encouraged to develop at his or her own pace, laying the foundation for a Love of Learning, for life. Our teachers are loving, joyful, professional and dedicated to supporting the development of the children.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Other subjects taught in our program are: * Practical Life * Sensorial * Language * Mathematics * Science * Geography * Cultural events/holidays

From the Director:

A Montessori classroom is composed of four main areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. We also have areas of Science and Geography. A Montessori trained teacher gives lessons and leaves the children to explore further. The classroom has child sized furniture, and filled with hands-on activities (jobs) for children to work with as well as put away.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We believe that Montessori is so wonderful because children work at their own pace. Children from all ages, and educational backgrounds work together, and learn from each other.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our preschool program is designed to assist the children in developing self-confidence, concentration, independent and a love of learning in a developmentally appropriate Montessori classroom.

Activities in the classroom are designed to allow the children to develop skills, both practical and academic that will encourage conceptual development and create a firm foundation for further learning.

The children are free to choose from any of the activities available on the shelves. The may choose to work alone or with others and are busy and happy throughout the day.

Activities in math and language are designed to assist the children in acquiring academic skills in an atmosphere that allows them to develop at their own pace in a non-competitive and happy atmosphere of creativity and intellectual stimulation. The older children are encouraged in development of the language and math skills necessary for first grade.

A Typical Day

Daily Schedule:
8:00am - 9:00am Free Choice Period
9:00am - 11:30am Work Period
11:30am - 11:40am Prepare / Set-out their Lunches
11:40am - 12:00pm Circle Time / Extra Curricular Activity
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm - 01:15pm Outdoor Play
01:15pm - 01:30pm Story Time (a child reads to the others)
01:30pm - 02:00pm Nap / Rest Time
02:00pm - 05:30pm Work Period / Outdoor Play / Book Reading

Extra-Curricular Activity:
Monday: Nature Walk
Tuesday: Dance / Piano
Wednesday: Chinese
Thursday: Gymnastic
Friday: Spanish

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Good Neighbor Montessori stays connected with the parents through monthly Newsletters, GNM website, emails/phone, conferences, meetings and by seeing parents every day.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation is always hard for both the child and the parents. We ask the new child to come every day for a limited amount of time, until the child is ready to stay longer. At times we have the parent come and stay with the child.