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Trevor Martin Montessori School

300 Moultrie Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 550-6865


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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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  • Conducive Environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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Time & space more

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Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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Visual arts more

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Physical activity more

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Other subjects taught Curriculum involves interwoven subjects. Children learn and develop through specialized Montessori activities and play. Practical Life exercises, sensorial materials, language, mathematics, music, natural & physical sciences, education for peace, geography, botany, zoology, multicultural learning, arts and crafts, dramatics, outdoor play, and field trips, are all part of the Montessori curriculum and come together to support daily classroom activities.

From the Director:

Though Montessori materials remain constant the entire 3 years children are here, over time changes occur in the way children use materials (variations, extensions, games and exercises). These changes reflect development of the individual child as well as the class as a whole. Children demonstrate increased agility and realize potentials housed in the materials. However small these changes may seem, they bring the classroom to life, encourage children to be observant, reflective, responsive and prepared for future learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

"It's best to create a partnership with parents and find each child's unique qualities, to be sensitive towards a child's learning style, talent, intelligence, and continually keep the environment happy and safe for children: a place of nurturing and support for all who come through." (c.bozina)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Trevor Martin Montessori School is designed for children between 2.6 and 5 years of age. Anchored in the philosophy of Maria Montessori, and committed to providing excellence in Early Childhood Education.

A Typical Day


8:30 School Opens - A time of transitioning from home to school.

8:45 Independent Work Time - During this time children choose activities and explore the environment. Social Skills are an important part of the preschool program. Curriculum involves interwoven subjects. The daily classroom activities are:

Practical Life Exercises Geography Enrichment Curriculum
Sensorial Exercises Botany Multi-Cultural Learning
Language Zoology Dramatics
Mathematics Music Snack-Time
Science Arts & Crafts Children Stories

11:00 Circle Time - This is a large group experience with activities intended to develop listening, speaking, and musical skills. Teacher presentations include program activities & special interests. Children's celebrations, parent's sharing time, and visits by guest speakers also occur during this time. (Optional - Introduction to foreign language).

11:30 Outside Time (Neighborhood playground)

12:30 Story Time - Stories are read in Circle.

12:45 Lunch Time - A time when manners and conversation are encouraged.

1:15 - 2:30 Naptime /Rest Period - Younger children (2 1/2 to 3 years) are required to nap; older children (4 to 5 years) are required to take a short rest period.

1:45 - 2:45 Afternoon Work Period - This time is set aside for group work with older children (in preparation for kindergarten). Special projects, Teacher presentations, Small Group Activities & free choice are scheduled during this period.

2:45 - 3:00 Closing Circle - Group Snack and stories are read. Preschool Ends.

3:00 - 6:00 Afternoon Daycare - Throughout the Daycare period, choices of activities include a variety of Arts & Crafts, Montessori Curriculum, board games, manipulatives, cooking, dramatics, movement and/or outdoor play.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A close relationship between parents and teachers are important to each child's progress. We encourage enrolled parents to observe at anytime (to become familiar with their child's school, daily routines, and how their child functions within the program). However, parents must be respectful of routines and activities, and move within the classrooms as to not alter the children's flow and dynamics.

Daily informal conferences are always occurring at drop off or pick up time, or communicated by telephone or emails. The director and teachers are always available during school hours to answer questions or share specific information about their child. Parents will be informed in advance (through seasonal newsletters) regarding up-coming events and field trips (parents are always needed to help with transportation).

Parent participation is encouraged. Parents are welcome to share their areas of expertise with the children in school. These kinds of exchanges are always welcome and the children enjoy them.

Formal parent and teacher conferences are held once a year (Spring). However, should a special need arise, an earlier conference(s) will be scheduled.

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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on