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Rainbow Montessori of San Francisco

2358 24th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

(415) 661-9100


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Rainbow Montessori of San Francisco provides an environment that allows the child to interact with as many aspects of the world as possible. The young child is given an opportunity to develop independently at his or her own pace while still gaining those social, physical, intellectual and emotional skills needed to function at best in society.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

In the Montessori classroom, children must be shown how to use the materials first by the teacher. Then the child is encouraged to discover and explore the materials on their own at their own pace. The Montessori method of learning then becomes child-directed.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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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
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught In addition to the Montessori curriculum, we have Practical Life lessons in Grace and Courtesy, Care of the Environment, Food Preparation and serving. Sensorial exercises are provided to stimulate auditory, tactile, visual, taste and smell. We also teach Compassionate Communication Skills. Teaching children to learn appropriate, respectful actions and words to use with people around them. We encourage children to become socially responsible to themselves as well as the group. We give children the tools to become compassionate, empathetic, and sensitive to the natural world and human condition. Spanish has been introduced daily through songs and basic vocabulary building.

From the Director:

When teaching the Montessori curriculum, a child will have a demonstration by the teacher in how to use the material. They are then free to choose and explore the materials that each exercise provides them. As children master one level of a skill, they are able to go further and apply themselves to increasingly more challenging materials. We believe through intrinsic motivation, the child's innate desire will drive the child to engage in an activity for enjoyment and satisfaction. Children learn by doing-experiential learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers monitor and record the materials that each child chooses throughout the day and week. When a child demonstrates that he/she is having difficulty learning the concept, the teacher looks for other ways to introduce the concept or takes the child to another area of the curriculum that will reinforce the skill needed so the child can move on.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Rainbow Montessori program is based on the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, the internationally renowned physician and educator. We have updated and extended the traditional experience. Our learning environment is designed to meet children's individual developmental needs. The Montessori materials and other educational manipulatives facilitate learning by doing. Handling these materials helps children to improve their motor skills and to lengthen their attention spans. The children gain social skills and strategies for conflict resolution through supervised work and play with others.

A Typical Day

7:30 AM - 8:00 Day care-free flow
8:00 AM - 10:30 Montessori work time
10:30 AM - 11:00 Circle time (songs and movement)
11:00 AM - 11:30 Lunch
11:30 AM - 12:15 Play time (outside)
12:40 PM - 2:00 Nap time/non nappers have activities
2:00 PM - 2:15 Clean-up nap rm, snack
2:20 PM - 2:45 Music/Movement/Spanish
3:00 PM - 4:00 Play time (outside)
4:00 PM - 6:00 Day care (activities will vary from day to

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We begin our school year with a parents' night to introduce our parents to the Montessori philosophy and program. Here they can see how some of the materials are used and ask questions about the curriculum. We provide weekly phone calls to new parents, and parent-teacher meetings when necessary to help parents with issues that need more time to address. We provide two progress reports at our parent conferences in Nov. and Mar. We also provide parents with a private web site they can access to see their children in the classroom. When applying to kindergarten for their child, we encourage parents to go on school tours first and then meet with us after they have narrowed down which schools they see best fit for their child. We give parents feed back on their child's learning style, interests and which schools might be a better fit based on our observations during the time the child has been in our program. The director actively visits schools each year to be well informed to provide additional information to the parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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 is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

When a child begins our program, we encourage the parent to stay no more than 15 minutes, and the child will stay about 2 to 4 hours, pending their prior history (at home or daycare). The first week or two will be half days, we then increase the time as the child demonstrates their comfort level and readiness to stay a full day.