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Montessori Academy (Massar Ave.)

495-505 Massar Avenue
San Jose, CA 95116

(408) 259-5736


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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
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  • 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
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Building blocks
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
  • 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 arts| daily living, sensorial, math, language|sciences|music|geography

From the Director:

"The basic idea in the Montessori Philosophy of education is that all children carry within 'the adult they will become'. In order to develop their physical, intellectual, social and emotional powers to the fullest, they must have freedom, a freedom to be achieved through order and self discipline. The world of the child is full of sights and sounds which at first appear chaotic. From this chaos, children must gradually create order, and learn to distinguish among impressions that assail their senses, slowly but surely gaining mastery of Self and the environment. Dr. Maria Montessori developed what she called the 'prepared' environment which already possesses a certain order and disposes children to develop at their own speed, according to their own abilities, and in a non-competitive atmosphere in the first school years. 'Never let a child risk failure, until understanding the necessity for the acquisition of a basic skill before its use in a competitive learning situation.' The years between three and six are the years that a child most easily learns the ground rules of human behavior. These years can be constructively devoted to 'civilizing' children freeing them through the acquisition of good manners and habits, to take their place in our culture. Dr Maria Montessori recognized that the only valid impulse to learning is the self-motivation of the child. Children move themselves toward learning. The teacher prepares the environment, structures the activities, functions as the reference person and role model, offers the children stimulation: but the children are the ones who learn, who are motivated through the work itself (not solely by the teachers personality) to persist in their chosen tasks. If the Montessori children are free to learn, it is because they have acquired from their exposure to both physical and mental order, an 'inner discipline.' This is the core of Dr Montessori's educational philosophy. Patterns of concentration, stick to-tiveness, and the thoroughness established in early childhood, produce a confident learner in later years. Schools have existed historically to teach children to observe, to think, to judge. Montessori adds to that the joy of learning at an early age and provides the framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand in hand." Extracted from

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Children who have had the benefit of education at Montessori Academy are freer at a later age to devote themselves more exclusively to the development of their intellectual faculties. The method by which children are taught at the Montessori Academy involves the use of many materials with which the children may work individually. At every step of their learning, the teaching materials are designed to test their understanding and correct their errors. We add to the joy of learning at an early age and provide the framework in which intellectual and social discipline go hand in hand." Extracted from

A Typical Day

"A child's day consists of academic learning through various workbooks as well as challenging Montessori jobs.

We offer progress reports for parents as well as teacher-parent meetings to involve parents in the education and care of their children. Montessori Academy also provides extra-curricular programs such as Gymnastics, Ballet and Tap Dancing.

The Pre-School Program is for children ages 3-5. In this prepared environment the children choose activities in the areas of practical life or daily living, sensorial, math, language, geography, music, arts, and sciences.

The children develop concentration, coordination, order, and independence. The program leads to self-esteem and self-motivation while promoting the joy of learning and a sense of wonder.

Children also participate in daily academic workbook activities in the areas of language and math."

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Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents Corner on the web site