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Montessori House of Children

1187 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone:
(415) 441-7691

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

"Montessori House of Children is devoted to the education of children 2 through 7 years of age. Based on the non-discriminatory philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, the school is carefully prepared to nurture the mental, emotional and physical well-being of each child. The school is committed to the belief that children learn best in an atmosphere which values the uniqueness of the individual. Therefore, the role of the teacher is to identify and meet the needs of the individual child through planned and spontaneous experiences. We recognize that the early years are the most formative in a child's development and that children need the opportunity to live as children, not simply as future adults. Each of the five classrooms, has two skilled teachers to guide the children through the day's activities. The curriculum includes lessons in practical life and sensorial skills, language, math, science, history, geography, art, and world culture. Additional classes are offered in French, Spanish, Gymnastics, and Piano. The school is equipped with specially designed Montessori apparatus and materials from Holland, the center of Montessori education. It provides two secure, airy playgrounds with slides, tricycles and play houses. In addition to the regular activities, the pre-school has holiday festivals, parades and theatrical performances put on by the children. The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 2:30 p.m. for the younger children and at 3:00 p.m. for the older children. Children 2 to 5 years have a one-hour nap after lunch. The school provides snacks in the morning and afternoon and children bring their own lunch. Day care is available before school from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and after school from 2:30 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. ---- The Montessori Method Philosophy Dr. Montessori was an Italian physician and educator. Born in 1870, she was the first woman to receive a medical degree at the University of Rome. She developed her method of pre-school education over a forty-year period during which she observed children directly and worked with them personally. Dr. Montessori devoted her life to the education of children and is honored and respected throughout the world. The Montessori Method has been used successfully with children all over the world. It is concerned with the development of each child as an individual. The Montessori Method is based on the belief that: Children are to be respected as individuals. They are different from adults and they differ from each other. Children have a sensitivity and capacity for learning very different from that of adults. The first six years of life are the most important periods of growth. Children work not for profit and completion of goals like adults, but for the sake of activity in the development of mental, physical, and psychological abilities. The Montessori child is free to learn because he/she has acquired from experience with both physical and mental order, the inner discipline that frees him/her. The child becomes aware not only of the freedom, but the corresponding responsibility to him/herself and others. The aim is to develop the whole child. Intellectual, physical and social growth are of equal value. The teacher strives to encourage and guide the child and to help realize a happy, balanced, aware personality that will enhance his/her life as an adult." Extracted from the preschool's website

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We recognize that the early years are the most formative in a child's development and that children need the opportunity to live as children, not simply as future adults.

Montessori House of Children is devoted to the education of children 2 through 7 years of age.

Based on the non-discriminatory philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, the school is carefully prepared to nurture the mental, emotional and physical well being of each child.

The school is committed to the belief that children learn best in an atmosphere which values the uniqueness of the individual. Therefore, the role of the teacher is to identify and meet the needs of the individual child through planned and spontaneous experiences."

*Extracted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want

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