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Montessori Children's Center

80 Juan Bautista Circle
San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 333-4410


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The Montessori Children's Center is a preschool and kindergarten for children ages 2 - 6. Our approach is based in the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, who advocated for education based on the needs of the child.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another person. He must do it himself or it will never be done. A truly educated individual continues learning long after the hours and years he spends in the classroom because he is motivated from within by a natrual curiosity and love for knowledge. Dr. Montessori felt, therefore, that the goal of early childhood education should not be to fill the child with facts from a pre-selected course of studies, but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn. In the Montessori classroom, this objective is approached in two ways: first, by allowing each child to experience the excitement of learning by his own choice rather than by being forced; and second, by helping him to perfect all his natural tools for learning, so that his ability will be at a maximum in future learning situations. The Montessori materials have this dual long-range purpose in addition to their immediate purpose of giving specific information to the child.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Creative Movement for Children|Playground|Nap Time|Montessori Program |Cooking, Gardening, Art, Music

From the Director:

The use of the materials is based on the young child's unique aptitude for learning which Dr. Montessori identified as the 'absorbent mind.' In her writings she frequently compared the young mind to a sponge. It literally absorbs information from the environment. The process is particularly evident in the way in which a two-year-old learns his native language, without formal instruction and without the conscious, tedious effort which an adult must make to master a foreign tongue. Acquiring information in this way is a natural and delightful activity for the young child who employees all his senses to investigate his interesting surroundings. (per school brochure)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal is to provide a quality learning environment based on the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori for children 2.5 to 6 years. We also accept a limited number of 2 year olds.

We provide a foundation for the excitement of learning, at an age when learning is effortless for children. And we create a harmonious atmosphere so children can develop all aspects of their personalities-physical, social, intellectual, and emotional."

Extracted from and school brochure

Home-School Connection

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