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Evergreen Montessori School

3122 Fowler Road
San Jose, CA 95135

Phone:
(408) 238-7001

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori

From the Director:

We serve 2 year olds through Kindergarten. We believe, follow and demonstrate the Montessori approach, structure, materials and methods though AMS (American Montessori Society) certified teachers and assistant teachers.

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
  • Tricycles
  • 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 Activities in integrated curriculum areas include everyday living, language, math, sensorial, science, art, music and yoga.

From the Director:

Each activity is designed to provide the child with an experience allowing her to develop concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. The environment is prepared for the children to gradually gain these skills through practice and repetition and begin to appreciate a sense of freedom with responsibility in a classroom where each individual is learner and teacher alike.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers are certified by the American Montessori Society and are role models. They prepare the environment, present the materials and through the Montessori philosophy guide children as they unfold their potential. They recognize that each child is an individual and work at their level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We develop full potential of children using Montessori philosophy, methods and materials under the guidance of staff certified by the nationally recognized American Montessori Society.
Children practice self-care and practical life skills while establishing a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, science and world cultures.

In the words of the founder of Maria Montessori "Our aim is not to make children simply understand, and still less to force them to memorize, but provide interaction with age-appropriate classroom materials, hands-on learning, self correcting materials under the guidance of trained staff which leads to development of independence, love of knowledge ...".

A Typical Day

Children's days are structured around various activities. Each day begins and ends with children coming together in a 'circle time': purposeful lesson prepared and presented by the teacher with a focus in mind: poetry, story, collaboration .... The day includes time for play in a fully equipped playground which also helps children develop motor skills. The work time is in a prepared environment for focusing and learning in language, math, sensorial, science, art and music.
Each activity is designed to provide the child with an experience allowing her to develop concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. The environment is prepared for the children to gradually gain these skills through practice and repetition and begin to appreciate a sense of freedom with responsibility in a classroom where each individual is learner and teacher alike.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year