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Montessori de Terra Linda

620 Del Ganado Road
San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 479-7373


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"\"Montessori de Terra Linda provides a unique learning environment founded on the principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Our dedicated school community guides and nurtures the natural unfolding of the whole child in an atmosphere of order, beauty and harmony. Each child is actively supported in the self-directed pursuit of lifelong intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth.\" "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Primary Class Schedule – A Typical Day:
8:30 During the first two weeks of the new school year the teacher often starts the day with a group time to include a variety of activities such as singing, finger plays, stories, discussions, or Grace and Courtesy lessons. Once the class is established, sometime within the first month the children will arrive and immediately choose work with classroom materials instead of starting the day with a group activity unless something special is planned such as a birthday celebration.
Children are excused to choose work with the classroom materials. The Head Teacher gives individual and small group lessons throughout the morning work time. Snack is available for the child to prepare throughout the morning class time. In addition to snack, food preparation activities are also available in the Practical Life area of the classroom. The child independently makes choices throughout the morning work time with the guidance of the Head Teacher. To support the development of concentration, we strive to provide an uninterrupted three-hour work period in the morning. Included in the child’s morning classroom work choices is work in the outdoor vegetable and flower gardens and gross motor activities with special equipment.
Children are invited to put away work and join a short group time that might include a variety of activities such as sharing, songs, stories, movement games and Grace and Courtesy lessons, etc. with the head teacher or the assistant.
11:30 Outdoor Play is an option for children who go home at noon.
11:55-12:00 Morning children come back into the classroom and prepare to go home. The children are dismissed to the parents through the playground gate.
11:30-1:00 The children who stay for the afternoon have lunch and clean up in their classroom. After lunch, the children go outdoors for play. Nappers transition to the PrePrimary classroom for naps.
1:00 The non-napping children return indoors and begin the afternoon work time with a relaxation activity such as stories or quiet music with the head teacher.
The afternoon work session includes individual and small group lessons as in the morning.
2:50- 3:00 The children clean up the classroom so it is ready for the next day and often end the day with a short group time.
3:00 The children are dismissed from the classroom through the inside hallway classroom door. Children who stay at school after 3:00 are walked to the Bungalow and are supervised by the afternoon staff.
3:00-6:00 After school Child Care begins with indoor activities which include art projects, baking, music and singing. In addition to indoor activities the children also have the opportunity to play outdoors each day. A snack is served each afternoon after 3:30. The child is also given the opportunity to finish eating any uneaten food from her/his lunch box. After school enrichment classes are offered some afternoons. Flyers with information about these classes are available in the school hallway.

MdTL Pre-Primary Schedule—A Typical Day:
*This is a general idea. We are sensitive to the rhythm of the child so we are flexible.
8:45--9:00 Arrival, sign your child in on the class clipboard, drop off your child in the yard with their teacher (weather permitting—otherwise in the Bungalow). A quick goodbye works best for the child.
9:00—9:30 Playtime and snack outside. Children help set the tables and then serve themselves.
Sometimes art projects take place at this time or cutting flowers from the garden to arrange in class.
9:30-9:45 Clean up the yard and transition into the classroom. Children in underwear use the toilet.
9:45 Children put slippers on in circle time.
Songs and group lessons
9:55-11:00 Children are excused to choose work with the classroom materials. Head teacher guides and gives lessons or help when needed. Since Montessori fosters independence we know the child is asking, “help me to do it myself”.
11:00 Circle time to remove slippers
Songs, books, felt stories, finger plays or puppets (varies on different days).
11:15-1:30 Diapering, toileting and transitioning into lunch in the Bungalow or outside at the picnic tables
11:30-11:55 Lunch
12:00 Pick up morning children in the Bungalow or outside on the curb (if we are outside).
12-12:30 Playtime before nap
12:30-12:45 Toileting and transition into nap
12:45-2:30 Nap
2:30-3:00 Wake up and transition to the bungalow for 3:00 pick up
Those that stay past 3:00 join the aftercare program."
Excerpted from the preschool's website