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Lifetime Montessori School

14727 Camino de la Luna
San Diego, CA 92127

Phone:
(858) 759-0631

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We are educators...we provide an educational program of excellence based upon Dr. Montessori’s time tested principles of childhood development for children 18 months through Grade 6.

Lifetime Montessori School is not a typical daycare or private school, our program is one of four schools in San Diego that is accredited by the Association Montessori International (AMI)* and our teachers are highly educated.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Our program prepares your child to become a lifelong learner and problem solver. Lifetime Montessori School’s mission is to foster a nurturing environment that is physically and psychologically supportive of learning for toddlers through Grade 6. We offer a cooperative and enriching atmosphere where your child will develop their knowledge through self- and teacher-initiated experiences. When children graduate from Lifetime Montessori School they are confident, secure, independent and joyful learners.

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 more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught In addition, our preschool children and elementary students are also shown lessons in geography, science (botany, zoology) social studies and history.

From the Director:

The Montessori Method allows children to work with the materials physically and at their own pace. A teacher will show each individual child how a piece of material is used, whether it is learning to pour a glass of water or to do a multiplication problem. The child is then left to explore that material, make mistakes and learn that they have the ability to master anything they put their mind to. In the elementary community, this practice continues as children "figure it out" with their peers while being carefully monitored by the teacher. Whether a child is creating their own photosynthesis science experiment or researching the ancient Greeks, the child is held responsible for their growth and knowledge under the supportive guidance of the teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children need an interactive, hands-on, educational environment to become self-motivated and successful learners. Here, children are free to explore with their senses to fully understand the world around them. In this way, our 3-year Primary Program provides children the security and consistency so important at this stage of their development.

In the elementary community, the child continues their exploration with the understanding that standards apply to each level of development in the class. As Mrs. Stone says: "There's work you can do and work you have to do, but you will always be working." Yet we recognize that not all children are in the same place academically, socially and behaviorally every day. So the teacher works carefully with each student and their needs to be sure they are developing and not getting "left behind".

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Lifetime Montessori provides an educational program of excellence based upon the original Montessori principles of humanity, focusing primarily on the fundamental law of self-construction. At Lifetime Montessori the child develops his or her own will, self-control, concentration and intellect. Utilizing time tested Montessori principles engenders self-esteem, independence and a sense of responsibility.

A Typical Day

Our Primary Program, for children ages 3 through Kindergarten, starts at 8:30 am. The children work within the classroom at their own will until 11:30 when the group gathers for songs and community time. After playing on the playground for a half hour the children eat together and are ready to go home, nap or continue working by 12:30. For those staying in the afternoon they have the choice of napping in the classroom, or getting advanced lessons on reading, math, science, etc. The full day ends at 2:45 but we offer many after school enrichment programs and provide care until 6 pm each night.

Our Toddler Program, for children ages 18 months to 3 years, starts at 9 am. The children work within the classroom at their own will until 10:30 when the group gathers for snack, songs and community time. After playing on the playground for a half hour the children eat together and are ready to go home or nap by 12:00. The full day ends at 3:00 but we offer many after school enrichment programs and provide care until 6 pm each night.

Our Elementary Classroom begins at 8:30 am and the children work within that environment or outside until lunch around noon. They will play on the playground or walk to a nearby field and play structure for more advanced physical work before returning to the classroom to engage in their classroom work once again. the day ends at 3:00 but we provide care until 6 pm each night.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers send weekly emails to the parents and are on school grounds for an hour after the children leave so that they may call, email or meet with parents. Parents of toddler students will also have access to a daily log of information about their child. In addition, we offer 2 Parent/Teacher Conferences over the year.

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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We ask all parents to bring their child to meet their new teacher before the first day of school. Parents also have the opportunity to bring their child for visits/observations before their first day of school if needed. Toddler students are offered a week of transition before starting their full schedule.