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ARIA Montessori School

693 South Euclid Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106

(626) 793-3741


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The years between ages two and six are the years that a child most easily learns the ground rules of human behavior. Character, fundamentally, is formed by the time they reach six years of age. These years can be constructively devoted to civilizing the child - freeing them through acquisition of good manners and habits to take their place in the culture in which they live. The child who has had the benefit of an early educational experience is freer at a later age to devote himself more exclusively to the development of intellectual faculties.
The method by which children are taught at the Aria Montessori School might well be called Structural Learning. Since the child is learning to work independently in the environment, he is ready to enjoy the presence of other children without necessarily working directly with them, The teacher is thus able to work with each child individually as well as in small groups.
The Aria Montessori School recognizes that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning by nature. Adults often intervene with the best intentions and place obstacles to learning in the child's path. Children will learn because of or in spite of the adults in their world. To this effect, we feel that any unnecessary help given to the children hinders them in growth. The teacher prepares the environment, observes and directs the activity, functions as an authority and protector of the children and environment and offers work according to the readiness and need of each child.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 - 8:00 AM Children Play Inside
8:00 - 8:30 AM Outside Play Time
8:30 - 10:00 AM Montessori Class Time
10:00 - 10:30 AM Snack and Story Time
10:30 - 11:00 AM Outside Play Time
11:00 - 11:30 AM Group Activity
11:30 - 12:30 PM Lunch and Outside Play Time
12:30 - 2:30 PM Montessori Class Time or Nap Time
2:30 - 3:30 Outdoor Playtime
3:30 - 4:00 Wash up - Story Time - Music - Snack
4:00 - 5:00 Scheduled Activity
5:00 - 5:30 Outdoor Play Time (During Daylight Savings Time)
5:30 - 6:00 Story Time/Playtime in the office playroom
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up