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The Growing Place Montessori

13242 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

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(858) 679-1554

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The term “Montessori” is not a trademark name and simply refers to the application of teaching methods devised by Italian physician Maria Montessori at the beginning of the 20th century. Though different Montessori schools will share similarities, each school is independent. A few organizations exist that certify and recognize Montessori schools. Such accreditation often gives parents peace of mind that certain standards of quality are being met. Unfortunately, most organizations require exclusive affiliation and adherence to their interpretation of Montessori principles. At The Growing Place Montessori, we feel that each interpretation of Montessori’s philosophy has something unique to offer. We value the diverse and rich ways that many of the professional Montessori organizations train teachers, and we welcome instructors from different Montessori backgrounds. For this reason, we decline affiliation or accreditation by such associations.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Phonetically based language system
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Concrete materials (such as beads) to teach basic operations and concepts
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Concrete materials to teach concepts in a tangible way
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
  • Concrete materials to teach concepts in a tangible way
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Tone bells and activities for concretely teaching concepts
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Clean, orderly, aesthetically pleasing environment
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Large multipurpose room for rainy and hot days
Other subjects taught Using Dr. Maria Montessori’s insightful research and methodology, we recognize and respect the unique characteristics of children in each plane of development and cooperate with their natural interests.

From the Director:

The Growing Place Montessori was co-created by a mother-son team that drew upon their experience in public, private, and Montessori school systems. Years later, our staff is comprised of trained, experienced and loving Montessori certified teachers who work hand-in-hand with and as an extension of this founding family. The Growing Place Montessori is a community of learners-— parents, children, staff-—actively engaged in what Maria Montessori called "an education to life." Although we represent a rich diversity of backgrounds and opinions, we share a commitment to the values underlying our special approach to learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori philosophy is rooted in the concept that ALL students are different and worthy of respect. Our staff is comprised of trained observers who recognize students' individual interests and various stages of development. They creatively capture those interests by introducing appropriate activities to each child to coincide with developmental windows of opportunity. This method ensures that all children are engaged, challenged, and eager to learn, and they are invited to to so at their own pace.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy is based on that of Dr. Maria Montessori, a turn-of-the-century educator and child advocate. Simply put, Montessori revolutionized the world’s understanding of
the way children learn. In her work, she
observed that children naturally absorb knowledge
and information from the world around them, and are anxious to practice their growing skills. She created a rich curriculum based on her findings,
and introduced what are now universally accepted teaching methods and materials, such as
individualized learning and the use of child-sized furniture and materials.

A Typical Day

In our daily Montessori environment, you’ll observe:
* Quiet, calm, peaceful classrooms
* Mixed-age groupings that encourage children to lead and help one another
* Clean, aesthetically pleasing, and organized learning environments
* Environment and methodology that encourages self-discipline
* Teachers have an unobtrusive role and lead by example
* Teachers offer encouragement and support when needed, and do not use punitive methods of discipline
* Mainly individual instruction, with some small and large group lessons
* Students discover academic concepts from
self-teaching materials that help them recognize their own errors
* Curriculum follows students’ interests, collectively and individually
* Consideration of the whole child, as opposed to a narrow focus on academics
* Students choose their own work and set their own learning pace
* Students work as long as they wish on chosen activities
* Students reinforce learning through repetition and internal feelings of success
* Use of multi-sensory materials for physical
exploration, often providing concrete representation of abstract concepts
* Organized curriculum for learning manners, care of self and environment
* Parents are encouraged to volunteer in a
meaningful way in the classroom

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Montessori philosophy is rooted in the concept that ALL students are different and worthy of respect. Our staff is comprised of trained observers who recognize students' individual interests and various stages of development. They creatively capture those interests by introducing appropriate activities to each child to coincide with developmental windows of opportunity. This method ensures that all children are engaged, challenged, and eager to learn, and they are invited to to so at their own pace.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work with individual students and families to determine the best approach for transitioning new learners. Suggestions are given for preparing the child at home, as well as for parent-led introduction to the classroom. At this point, our teaching staff uses the wisdom of their experience handling diverse personalities to make recommendations on behalf of each child.