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819 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 351-8923

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Warm House Montessori School (WHMS) is located in the culturally diverse Mission District of San Francisco. The school is privately licensed and focuses on a small group setting. Academic sessions operate Monday thru Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3;00 p.m.. Schedules vary depending on preference. Students are accepted from 31/2 to 5 years of age. School tours and information are available upon request.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

WHMS is founded on the approach and values of the Montessori Method of education. All efforts are made to address the individual learning style of each child. Only developmentally appropriate methods are used within this facility. The school acknowledges and respects all families and regards WHMS as a place of harmony within the community. WHMS believes in encouraging self discovery in accordance with your child's developmental needs and abilities.

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
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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  • 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 WHMS offers a comprehensive preschool curriculum. Various subject areas are explored in detail. Additional focus is dedicated to acquiring social skills, community skills and leadership skills, including Peace Education for the whole child ~ learning about communication, cooperation, compassion, respect, trust, conflict resolution, boundaries and teamwork.

From the Director:

WHMS offers a child-directed curriculum with the teacher/directress acting as facilitator to mainly guide the child. WHMS encourages learning through play and work simultaneously. Work is play. Thus, learning is encouraged through safe, fun and purposeful activity.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teacher's role is as facilitator. The teacher observes, supervises and guides the child according to individual ability and/or disability. The teacher follows the child's lead and continues to observe, assist and build on the student's previous knowledge. Scaffolding in all areas of the child's development and academics, and working cooperatively with the child's family remains a strong focus of the school's curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

WHMS is dedicated to cultivating a child's natural desire to learn. The school's mission is to provide a nurturing environment for a child and family unit and to honor a child's interests and contributions.

A Typical Day

School days are typically from 9am to 3 pm. Extended hours are available. Activities consist of various indoor and outdoor activities, games, meals, art, library, storytelling, naps, neighborhood outings and field trips. Children quickly discover creative expression through various individual activities and group projects. WHMS students learn how things can and do work in their favor. This magic takes place through communication, exploration and collaboration. Students become custodians of the environment and celebrate discoveries to all potential.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are welcome to communicate with the school directress. Contact the school via phone, text, email or visit. Once a communication is established, additional means of communication may follow throughout the school year via notes, memos, bulletins, newsletters, parent/ teacher conferences and/or open house. We welcome your comments and suggestions!

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

At the time of the preschool inquiry/school tour, a child must posses independent toileting skills, be free of separation anxiety, exhibit readiness within a small group of six to eight children, and receive permission to travel via public transit or private automobile within the city limits.