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Rancho Santa Margarita Montessori

30075 Comercio
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Phone:
(949) 589-6440

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Children are born with self-motivation, creativity and tons of love. If we are able to hold ourselves back and watch them blossom, they will surprise us all with their beauty, ingenuity and innocence. However, if we ignore these qualities in our children, and let them know how we think they should bloom, they will never be good enough for us, or for themselves. In traditional education facilities the child is shown what he/she should become in order to succeed. By doing this, we make it much harder for the child to find who he/she really is (For example: The identity crisis of today’s youth)! However, in Montessori Schools, through careful observation and the use of the Montessori environment (prepared to meet the needs of a child’s spiritual development), we are sown who the child is, not the other way around! In this way, our children can grow to their full potential, and will have the chance to amaze all of us with their fantastically, original qualities! It is much better to watch a flower take its time and blossom, than to kill the flower by rushing it and guiding the way it blooms. Most importantly, we must give our children the kind of love that allows them to be themselves.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Toddler Class Daily Schedule
8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Bathroom
8:15 - 8:50 a.m.
Classroom Activities (Art/Music & Movement)
8:50 - 9:00 a.m.
Clean-up & Transition to Opening Circle
9:00 - 9:15 a.m.
Opening Circle & Montessori Presentation
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.
Snack
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Outside Playtime
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.
Bathroom
10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
Spanish w/ Mrs. Marie
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Montessori Work
11:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Closing Circle
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
Lunch
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Inside Playtime
12:15 - 12:30 p.m.
Bathroom
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Nap Time
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Wake Up/Bathroom
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Snack
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Outside Playtime
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Inside Playtime

Preschool A Daily schedule
8:30 a.m. Outside Play
9:00 a.m. Restroom Time
9:15 a.m. Snack Time
9:30 a.m. Opening Circle & Montessori Presentation
10:00 a.m. Montessori Work Time
11:00 a.m. Clean Up Time
11:10 a.m. Closing circle and Spanish
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. Outside Play
12:30 p.m. Restroom Time
12:45 p.m. Nap Time
2:30 p.m. Wake Up & Restroom
3:00 p.m. Snack Time
3:15 p.m. Outside Play Time
4:00 p.m. Art & Play Dough
5:00 p.m. Indoor Playroom & Going Home

Preschool B Daily schedule
8:30 a.m. Outside Playtime
9:00 a.m. Restroom
9:05 a.m. 1st circle: calendar, songs (Mss Loan), Spanish Class (Miss Marie)
9:35 a.m. Pledge of Allegiance, snack
10:00 a.m. Montessori work time (idependently)
11:00 a.m. Clean-up, 2nd circle, sound card and number presentations
12:00 p.m. Outside playtime
12:30 p.m. Restroom
12:45 p.m. Naptime
2:45 p.m. Wake-up, restroom
3:00 p.m. Art
3:30 p.m. Snack
3:45 p.m. Outside playtime
5:00 p.m. Indoor playtime

PreK-K Daily Schedule
8:00 - 8:30 Outside Play Time
8:30 - 8:45 Restroom time
8:45 - 9:00 Spanish & Birthdays
9:00 - 9:15 Snack Time
9:15 - 9:45 First Circle Time
9:45 - 10:45 Montessori Work
10:45 - 11:00 Review Presentation
11:00 - 11:30 Outside Play Time
11:30 - 11:45 Restroom
11:45 - 12:00 Second Circle Time (Share & Book reports)
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 1:00 Outside Play Time
1:00 - 1:15 Restroom Time
1:15 - 3:00 Nap Time
3:00 - 3:45 Restroom and free activity
3:45 - 4:00 Snack Time
3:00 - 3:45 Restroom and free activity
3:45 - 4:00 Snack Time
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Excerpted from the preschool's website