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Scripps Montessori School

9939 Old Grove Road
San Diego, CA 92131

(858) 566-3632


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The world of the child is full of sights and sounds that at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, the child must gradually create order and learn to distinguish the impressions that assail his senses. Slowly but surely, he will gain mastery of himself and his environment. Dr. Montessori developed what she called the prepared environment, which already possesses a definite order and disposes the child to develop at his own speed, according to his own capacities. Providing positive direction, the Montessori directress and parents realize the importance of allowing the child to develop "in his own time", not in a preconceived idea of the same. (from

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

5 areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Geography, Language Practical Life: caring for the classroom, taking care of myself, caring for my friends, large motor coordination, taking care of the garden, preparing food Sensorial: sound and music, shapes, widths, colors, sizes, heights Mathematics: number 1 to 9, concept of 0, decimal system, units tens, hundreds, thousands, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division Geography: land and water, oceans and continents, North America, South America, Europe, Africa, culture, names of countries Language: writing, phonetics, reading, phonograms, parts of speech

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Doctor Maria Montessori left an unparalleled gift to the child of today as a result of her life long study of the child's mind and its unique way of absorbent learning.

She reveals the child's sensitivity to his environment, from which he absorbs his perceptions and knowledge. She honors the individuality of the child. Each pupil must be given responsible freedom to meet the special needs of the environmental learning.

As success builds upon success, the child gains an inner discipline and the security of a strong self-image. Social interaction, guided by the "collective interests", with children both younger and older than him self, adds to his joy and growth.

A child by nature moves himself towards learning. To this effect, Dr. Montessori stated that any unnecessary help given to the child hinders him in growth. The teacher prepares the environment, observes and directs the activity, functions as a catalyst of the child and environment, and offers the work according to the readiness and need of each child.

If the Montessori child is free to learn, it is important he has acquired from experience both physical and mental order, the "inner discipline" which frees him. He becomes aware, not only of his freedom, but of his corresponding responsibility of himself and to others. This is the core of Dr. Montessori's philosophy. The aim of Montessori is to develop the whole child. Intellectual, Physical and Social development are of equal value in the prepared environment. The teacher strives to encourage and guide the child and to help him realize a balanced, happy, aware personality that will enhance his life as an adult.

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