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Ballard Montessori

2555 Moorpark Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

(408) 977-1772

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

In Montessori method we emphasize on small group and large group work time where older children get an opportunity to help young children in their work.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Montessori materials
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
  • Songs in class
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
  • Slides, sand castle, boat house
Other subjects taught There are five major curriculum areas in our program. These include Practical Life Skills, Sensorial Discrimination, Mathematics, Language Arts, and Cultural, which consists of Geography, History and Sciences.

From the Director:

Our goal is to aide in the development of the child physically, emotionally, socially and academically. We not only want each child to feel a strong sense of belonging, but we want each parent to feel confident and proud that his or her child is a student at Ballard Montessori School.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Ballard Montessori School provides a challenging, innovative educational program designed to foster self-esteem, independence, creativity and a love of learning in an exceptionally clean, safe and warm environment. Our curriculum is enhanced by the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, a world renowned physician and educator.

A Typical Day

Our daycare hours are from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and go to 11:00.

At 11:00, students take a break and play outside for half an hour.

At 11:30-12:00, all classes do their closing morning circle.

From 12:00-12:30 is the lunch hour, then nap time from 12:30-2:30.

At 2:30, children wake up, put nap items away and go outside to play and have afternoon snack.

At 4:00, children come inside for an afternoon project.

From 4:30-6:00 p.m. is the afternoon daycare, and we close at 6:00.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Open house, Parent-teacher meeting, children's quarterly report, and some teachers email the parents couple of times a week- and in special cases monthly report.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We advise the parent to come early to school so they can spend some time with their child before the bell rings.