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Children's Academy, The

711 Rolling Hills Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446

(805) 239-9790


The Children's Academy is a Montessori preschool which provides a unique and personalized program for every student. The Academy offers both Toddler and Primary classes. It is our philosophy here at The Academy, that children are constantly learning as they experience their world. It is our job to make sure that their environment is an enriching one, encouraging independent learning and providing for intrinsic motivation. Providing this type of environment naturally fosters a child's self-esteem and that is our ultimate goal, for it is the children who believe they can. that do.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Children's Academy is a Montessori preschool which provides a unique and personalized program for every student. The Academy offers both Toddler and Primary classes. The Children's Academy Toddler program is catered to the developmental stages of children ages 18months-3 years (students in this class are not required to be potty-trained). Students in our Toddler program experience a classroom in which they are free to explore activities that enhance their fine motor skills, beginning math, phonetic language skills, sensory development, as well as activities specifically designed to develop their every day practical living skills. The Academy's Toddler program transitions seamlessly to the Primary class which is designed for children ages 3-5 years. Students in The Children's Academy Primary program experience an environment that is tailored to their specific developmental needs as well. With purposeful activites, our caring staff of teachers expose our students to lessons in language, writing, math, science, sensory development, art, music, and social skills. Both individual and group lessons are given daily to be sure that we accommodate the specific needs of each child.

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 more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Sensorial Skill Development : This area of learning is designed to develop and refine the child's senses. The works in this area include development of the sense of touch, weight, sound, scent, sight, size, shape, & depth perception, as well as a predisposition to math concepts.The more senses a child uses to learn a concept, the more pathways a child has to recall that information at a later date. Since every work in our program is "hands-on" for our students, development of the senses is a key element to learning in all other areas of the classroom. Science: Our science area is designed to give our students experience in several fields of study including Biology, Zoology, Botany, Geography, Geology, & Astronomy. These concepts are not only studied during work time, but every opportunity is taken to bring these to a real life working knowledge for our students. The children have animals to feed ,care for, and observe, botany studies are brought to life in our garden, astronomy is studied through our Earth's orbit changing our seasons and more. Language and Reading: Here at The Academy, language & reading begins with recognizing that there are symbols we call letters & they each make their own sounds. Since it is the sound that each letter makes that is most important for reading, we focus on teaching phonetics first. This area of learing includes a variety of works in understanding beginning, middle and ending letter sounds, writing skill development, phonetic reading, & sight words. Math: We begin teaching math with an understanding that certain symbols we call numbers represent different quantities. The children begin by using a variety of manipulatives such as bead bars to teach 1-9. After a student has mastered 1-9, they move on to the 10's digits & place value. For example, children learn that 14 is really 1 ten & 4 units. Learning the "pattern" of numerals & understanding their quantities makes concepts of addition, subtraction, & other math concepts come easily & naturally. Practical Life: The term "Practical Life" refers to the skills children must learn in order to be independent in their every day lives. These works include self help & care, scooping, pouring, spooning, tweezing, buttoning, lacing, threading, washing, etc. The works in this area also aide in developing the fine motor skills neccessary for writing & the use of various utensils

From the Director:

Here at The Children's Academy Montessori schoool, the curriculum is very child-led. This does not however mean that we are a "play-based" facility, though play is very important to a child's learning. At The Academy, work time is student-led and teacher guided. Our staff of loving accredited teachers watch the children carefully taking notes on each child's choices and work. We focus on the process a child uses to complete any given acitivity they choose and teachers are careful to seize what we call "teachable moments" (moments when a child is ready for and wanting instruction) as they present themselves.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are indiviuals with their own unique way of approaching learning, social interactions, and problem solving. They grow at their own pace and within their own areas of interest as they do so. For these reasons, each Academy student is given specialized care and curriculum tailored to their individual growth and development. No child is forced to work at someone else's pace. At The Academy, each student is given individual lessons based on their personal level of development and their natural sense of intrinsic motivation to learn and grow is supported.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is our philosophy here at The Academy, that children are constantly learning as they experience their world. It is our job to make sure that their environment is an enriching one, encouraging independent learning and providing for intrinsic motivation. Providing this type of environment naturally fosters a child’s self-esteem and that is our ultimate goal, for it is the children that believe they can, that do

A Typical Day

7:00am - School is opened and children are allowed a quiet plal'time together.
8:3Oam - Children are directed to their classrooms
9: lOam - Group time: The children are welcomed to class. Teacher takes role goes over the
calendar, and introduces any new works or activities,
9:20am - Work time begins. Children are free to choose any activity that they would like to
work with. If needed, a teacher will give a lesson on a work that a child is using (seizing a
teachable moment). Each child may work with any activity as long as they like, they may
choose to observe another's work quietly, or choose a book in the reading area. Children are
only asked to respect the space of their classmates, wait their turn for a work, and try to
remember to retum their work to a shelf. The works on the shelves reflect the areas of learning
that we teach; math, language, sensorial, fine motor skill development, practical life, and life
science. During work time, an emphasis is placed on the fact that this is their classroom ro
encourage care for their environment. Snack time is served during morning work time. Each
child is welcome to take a break from lessons to enjoy a nutritious snack and drink. Hand
washing is always encouraged before food consumption.
10:50am - Clean up and hand washing.
11:00am - Outside playtime. The children are led outside to play on the playground. This is a
perfect setting for social growth and the children to work on their own social skills interacting
with each other. During this time, snack is continued to be made available for the children. On
occasion, the staff will lead an outside group activity as well.
1 1:45am - Clean up. Children put away the outside play toys and brush off their shoes. If the
child is going to be napping with us, they will also take their shoes off and place them in the shoe
cubby. Hand washing.
12:00pm - Lunch time. The children join together for a "family style" lunch. Each child will be
welcomed to get their lunch and choose a place to sit. Their packed lunches will be set out on
plates and teachers will help with any items that need opening or may need warming up in the
micro-wave. If they do not have a drink, one will be provided for them. This is a wonderful
time for additional social leaming to occur. As each child finishes their meal, their leftovers will
be repacked and put away and they will bring their place settings to the kitchen.
12:30-1pm -Afternoon play time.
l:15-2:30 Quiet rest time. Those children that bring a blanket to lie down during this time will be
given a rest mat. Those who would rather stay up are given a quiet activiw to do
during this time. Before resting, all children are encouraged to use the rest room and wash their
2:30-3:15pm - Afternoon work time and a second snack is available for the children.
3:30pm - Official school time is over and after school program begins. Children clean-up from
their second work time and are brought outside to play. Pick-up time for those children who are
not staying for the additional hours.
5:3Opm - Last pick-up time.
The normal schedule may change according to the weather. A rainy day, or an afternoon that is
simply too hot, means that an inside gross motor skill activity time is in order. For these days,
our staff has a variety of fun, social activities to choose from. During the summer here in Paso
Robles, it gets too hot to play outside after 10:30am. During the summer season, work time and
outside time will be switched to ensure that the children get their outside playtime in.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

There are several tools we use to enhance communication between parent and child, as well as
parent and teacher. The white board outside the front door, should be checked daily as important
messages and noticed on events and important dates. Each family also has as assigned parent cubby. Any important information that I need to make sure goes directly to parents will be placed in these cubbies. It is very important to check your parent cubbies regularly. Reminders and events are posted regularly on our Facebook page as well. In addition, I send out monthly E-Newsletters to our Children's Academy families that contain information on classsroom lessons, how they went last month, what's happening this month as well as information on upcoming events. One of the most important means of communicating with our families however, are the Weekly Record Sheets. Each day your child's teachers record what they do during their time at school, specifically during work time. Teachers take notes daily on each child's work time choices and make note of how they progresseed through them. These reports are invaluable aides in your discussions with your child of their time at The Academy and are helpful references for teachers to keep a running record of each child's interests and development as well.
Also, please feel free to stop me or any one of our
teachers at The Academy with any questions or concerns you may have, We will always be more
than happy to take the time for you. You are always more than welcome to spend a few minutes
during pick-up time with your child in the classroom for them to show you some of their favorite


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

To make "Good-byes" easier on both the children and parent, parents are encouraged to develop
a morning routine that includes leaving relatively quickly. This will help your child develop a
sense ofindependence and a consistency they can count on.