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California Child Care Centers

1611 Borel Place Suite 120
San Mateo, CA 94402

(650) 345-7715


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Beresford Montessori is committed to the development of the whole child in a loving and nurturing environment. A Montessori education must include many facets of development: the intellectual pursuits, psychological well-being, physical development, and social awareness. These facets of development are interlocking within an applied philosophy that allows encouraging the child to grow to his or her fullest potential.
The school believes that development occurs in an enriched environment where the child is encouraged and challenged. They are neither hurried nor hindered. They work independently, direct themselves to the materials of their choice until they satisfy their inner needs for learning.
The teacher works with individual children, introduces materials and gives guidance when needed. A primary task is to observe each child in order to determine his or her needs. With this knowledge, the teacher can introduce materials appropriate to each child's growth level.
The method of teaching is indirect in that it neither imposes upon the child as in direct teaching, nor abandons the child in a non-directive, permissive approach. The teacher is constantly alert to the sensitive needs of the child and actively works with the child to achieve his or her goals.
We hope that each child may develop a loving attitude towards others and the world.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Morning Program :
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Free play time
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Circle (Curriculum activities, calendar, and music)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Free choice (Children direct themselves to age appropriate activities in five areas. Teachers assist and introduce new activities)
10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Music
10:50 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Playground time
11:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Story time and morning dismissal
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Washing hands and lunchtime
Afternoon Program :
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Free play time
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Circle
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Free choice
2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Music
2:50 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Playground time
3:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Story time and dismissal "
Excerpted from the preschool's website