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Village Montessori Toddler Program

17 Arroyo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960

Phone:
(415) 457-1336

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Dr. Montessori developed her philosophy based on the scientific observation of children around the world. Her first school opened in Italy in 1907. She determined that all children follow similar stages of development. Recent brain research using the latest technology is supporting her discoveries of how children learn and what type of environment best supports this.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity more

More Information

  • 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
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

At Village Montessori we use an integrated approach, so toddlers can choose from a variety of activities which give them an initial sensorial experience in art, music, numbers, langauge etc. Children of this age are developing their language skills, so songs are a big part of our day and are often used for learning how to take turns. There is a formal circle time which includes, songs, instruments and stories.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children are encouraged to go at their own pace and the teacher observes carefully to support this growth. Each individual personality is nurtured and valued. If there are developmental concerns, these are discussed with the parents and a plan is created as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Village Montessori is an in-home program for toddlers that provides a warm, safe and nurturing environment for young children. After an initial gradual separation experience, children are encouraged to explore a carefully prepared environment which supports their desire to be independent.
First friends are made and a close community for both children and parents develops as the school year progresses.
Parent education and ongoing communication is an important part of Village Montessori to make sure that we are all working together in the best interest of the child.

A Typical Day

Once the separation period is over, children enter the classroom at 9:00, change into slippers and greet the teacher. They then choose individual activities from areas which include practical life, manipulatives, art, music and language. Individual lessons are given by the teacher as needed.
At around 10:30, children go outside to play in a garden setting where they can develop their gross motor and social skills.
This is followed by circle time with an emphasis on language, so together we sing songs and read stories.
Lunch is next and is another social time where we also focus on grace and courtesy. Children bring their own lunch. A morning snack is provided by the school.
At the end of the day 12:45 - 1:00, we go back outside for bubble time which lets the children know it is time to go home.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • 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

Village Montessori works very closely with parents at the beginning of the school year and each child is on an individual plan.