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Dr. William Cobb Montessori

2725 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

(415) 749-3544


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
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
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
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

This is a classic Montessori program following the gold standards of Association of Montessori International.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children, Dr. Montessori believed, are born ready to learn. At each stage of development, she noted, children have specific developmental needs to fulfill. The Montessori experience is designed to help meet those needs and help children within a 'prepared environment' that offers both structure and freedom. The structure comes from the beauty, calm, and order of the classroom and the child's role as a member of this unique community. This safe, secure setting offers children opportunities to make choices, refine motor skills, interact socially with others and become independent. The classroom is equipped to offer experiences in language development, practical life activities, sensoral exploration, math concepts, nature, geography, music and art. The freedom comes from the child's ability to choose his/her own tasks, work at his/her own pace and to move ahead individually as the desire to know more grows. The Montessori classroom includes specially designed materials and equipment that enable children to work independently. Socialization occurs naturally as the children work in, care for and enjoy their own 'children's community.'

A Typical Day

Upon greeting the teacher with a handshake, the child proceeds into the classroom for a three hour 'work' period inside an enriched prepared environment where all work choices provide a discovery experience. A hot lunch is served at 12 pm, followed by outdoor playground time. Younger children proceed to nap, older ones enjoy an afternoon filled with extra activities, including gardening and cooking. Dismissal is at 3 pm. Limited extended day places available.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Monthly parent education meetings, including guest speakers and interactive evenings. Parents are very important to any early childhood education program and since Montessori does not stop once the child leaves the classroom, parents are absolutely vital to our program.

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We work with the family to ease everyone's anxieties. An orientation visit for the child alone by him/herself with the teacher provides a lovely bridge to welcoming a new student. Parents are encouraged to work with staff to do what is best for their child.