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Montessori Sunrise School

8449 Sunrise Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95661

(916) 722-7772


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Hands on approach, the best way to learn; using ALL the senses: visual, auditory, gustatory, olfactory, stereognostic, kinesthetic & baric. Montessori starts very concrete and then moves towards the abstract!

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
  • A complete Montessori curriculum and materials
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • The full range of Montessori materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Full range of Montessori materials
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
  • Full range of Montessori materials
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.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art appreciation and studying various artists
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
  • Garden, sandbox, sand toys
Other subjects taught cultural: anatomy, botany, zoology, history, geography, second languages, gym, arts & crafts & art appreciation, music & music appreciation, yoga, technology where appropriate, sensorial, practical life and more.

From the Director:

This method has a well researched track record. I chose Montessori because I found Sunrise Montessori for my own child and she loved school so much and couldn't get enough of being at school, so I went and took the Montessori training and eventually bought Sunrise Montessori, where I have been privileged to see many many children over the last 25 years excel and develop that same joy and love of learning! This was very different from what I experienced as a prior elementary teacher in regular public school.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Excellent way to teach children so that they can develop at their own pace!

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our Philosophy is based on love and respect for each child. We understand and accept that each child is a special and unique individual and a beautiful gift entrusted into our care. Our warm and loving school environment provides each child with the love and joy of learning and allows and encourages each child to realize their fullest potential in all areas of life"
Excerpted from the preschool's website:

A Typical Day

We have an individualized plan for every single student. You have to come in to see it to believe it! We have circle times, work times, snack, outdoor play and extended care. During the worktime children work at their own pace on math, language, reading, sensorial, practical life, arts & crafts, library, technology where appropriate, cultural subjects (encompassing anatomy, botany, zoology, history, geography, art etc). Grace & Courtesy play a big role too. We teach conflict resolution see the article on: "The Peace Rose" at, other languages, music, yoga, gym , art & music appreciation. We would love you to observe our class!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We appreciate constant communication and feed back and listen closely to the parents' needs too!!
We have conferences regularly, observation notes go home on a regular basis, reports go home on a regular basis, phone calls, email, newsletters, a Parent Handbook & a Parent Communication book, where notes can be left, Parent Education, Open House, Mothers' Tea, Fathers' Coffee, Art Auction, Parents come in to observe their children and volunteer too. We have Parent helpers with gardening, cooking and special activities etc. It takes all of us to educate our precious children, so therefore the parents play a vital role in our school community!

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


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 handle separation anxiety in various ways depending on the individual child. We might have them come in for a much shorter day to begin with. Our teachers are experienced in Child Development and handling children with love & kindness. We try to have them bond with at least one teacher. Extra staff might be brought in. We try to find activities that they enjoy so as to engage them in work etc. Come and observe and experience the difference at our Sunrise Montessori School at the Roseville / Citrus Heights border where our reputation has preceded us for 29 years!! We serve the communities of Roseville, Citrus Heights, Sacramento, Loomis, Penryn, Forest Hill, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Orangevale, Antelope, Fair Oaks & Carmichael.