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Sunshine Preschool Montessori Program

3711 Ross Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 493-0665


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our Montessori Preschool fosters a nurturing, comfortable and open learning environment which allows the children to learn at their own pace.
Our Goal is to create an environment that encourages curiosity. We find this promotes the desire to learn naturally and as a result, the children easily advance to their fullest indiviual potential.
We offer a global, diversified program which encourages children to advance and learn at their own pace.
The Montessori method of learning is designed to take advantage of the most sensitive years, between the ages of two and six, when your child can most easily absorb academic basics from a nurturing environment; at the same time encouraging social skills and genial interaction with peers.
Our Focus is to assist the children in developing their fullest potential while allowing the freedom of experiencing the excitement and joy of learning at their own level of interest and readiness. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:30 - 9:00 Children Arive Free Play
8:00-8:30 Breakfast Served
8:30-9:00 Outside Play Time
9:00-9:30 Group Time - includes self-esteem songs, calendar, sharing, demonstartion of materials, group lessons, story time, movement.
9:30-10:45 Snack time, individual lessons, free choice of Montessori activities in the area of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Cultural subjects and Art.
10:45-11:10 Group time, stories and music
11:10-12:00 Free play outside / 3 large play areas
12:00 Lunch: homemade nutritious hot lunches
12:30 Pick up time for morning only children
12:30-12:50 Outdoor free-time
12:50-2:45 Rest and nap time
3:00-4:00 Group time with stories
4:00 Snack time
4:10-5:15 Outside free play
5:30 End of day / pick up children. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school