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Montessori Academy of Yorba Linda

23721 La Palma Avenue
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

(714) 694-0901


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

In the Montessori approach, students master skills in a clearly structured process: First, they receive one-on-one "demonstrations" of the educational materials. Then, after they have been introduced to the materials, they can explore and work with them at their own choice and pace, during our "work periods." For some materials, the learning concludes with a "three period lesson", during which the teacher guides the child to learn the vocabulary associated with the activity (e.g., "short, long" or "light red, dark red", or "high pitch, low pitch", or "wing, beak, claw, tail"...) Montessori is neither "teacher-led" nor "play-based": it is its own unique approach.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • A full range of Montessori language materials: metal insets for learning pencil grip, sound games, sand paper letters, moveable alphabeth, phonograms, command cards etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • A full set of Montessori math materials: number rods, spindle box, numerals and counters, colored bead stair, short and long bead chains, golden bead materials, addition and subtraction boards, multiplication board, small bead frame etc.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • A full set of Montessori geography materials: sandpaper globe, colored globe, puzzle maps of continents and countries, pin maps
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
  • A full set of scientific materials: botany cabinet, animal parts puzzles and booklets etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Montessori bells material, and set of materials and activities to appreciate different musical styles
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Metal Insets to make the "art of the inset" and enable children to practice controlling a pencil
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • A full set of Montessori practical life activities which encourage the development of gross and fine motor skills: pouring activities, dish and table washing, carrying of trays, walking-on-the-line activities etc.
Other subjects taught Our school follows the Montessori approach and offers a comprehensive curriculum: Practical Life: Training for independence— fine and gross motor skills, social interactions, care of self and environment. Sensorial Exercises:Developing active minds, powers of concentration, and careful observation skills Language: Handwriting and reading, step-by-step, using materials such as Metal Insets, Sandpaper Letters, Moveable Alphabet Mathematics: A self-paced, sequential progression from counting to early arithmetic, built on high-quality manipulatives Cultural Studies:Discovering the wondrous world, from science to art, from cultures and history to geography and music

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our Montessori classrooms are multi-age communities (toddlers from ages 18 months - 3 years, preschoolers/Kindergarteners ages 3-6 years.) All instruction is individualized: all demonstrations are done one-on-one, and each child works with each material at his own choice and pace until he achieves mastery.
Our teachers provide thoughtful guidance throughout: they observe, and demonstrate developmentally appropriate activities. They also keep track of each child's development, and ensure that throughout his 3-year-stay in our preschool classroom, each child has covered the full breadth and depth of the Montessori curriculum.
All of our preschool/K teachers are AMI trained for children through Grade 1, and are able to guide academically advanced students. For example, a mathematically inclined child in our preschool can learn to do multiplication into the thousands; a verbally-skilled child will progress beyond the writing and reading most students do, to word study and early grammar.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At LePort, our goal is to enable children to acquire the skills they need for a lifetime of learning and happiness.

We use the Montessori method, because from every perspective –academic, personal, social, life skills—it enables children to make the most of the precious early years.

Early learning, done right, can be natural, easy learning. For example, a 4-year old can learn beautiful handwriting joyfully: at that age, she enjoys sensations of sound and movement and she delights in repetition—interests we build upon with our step-by-step language program.

The Montessori method enables children to learn specific skills, such as writing—and to learn how to learn, to concentrate, to persist, to succeed.

A Typical Day

During morning day care (7 am - 8:30 am), our students often spend time outside, on our beautiful playground.

As an authentic Montessori program, we offer two extended Montessori periods of 2-3 hours each, in the morning (8:30 am - 11:30 am) and the afternoon (1 pm - 3 pm, for kids who have outgrown their naps.)

During these times, children are free to explore the many attractive educational materials in our classrooms. They also receive plenty of individualized attention, by teachers trained to observe and to offer just the right activities, at just the right time, in a carefully structured demonstration.

Before lunch, and after the afternoon work period, our students again enjoy the large, well-kept backyard play area.

Our school day ends at 3 pm. Day care time is spent on arts, crafts, music and free play in our day care room, as well as in our back yard play areas.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school encourages active communication and strives to educate parents about the Montessori method. Each year, we offer five Parent Education Evenings, which cover all aspects of the Montessori curriculum. We also send weekly e-mails, and encourage parents to communicate directly with their child's teachers, both at bi-annual parent-teacher meetings, and informally as the need arises. Finally, we invite parents to observe in class: we even have several "watch me work" events dedicated to this purpose.


Handling Separation: From the Director

We discuss each child's need one-on-one with the family, and tailor our approach to their individual needs. We may invite the child to visit a week prior to enrollment and join his classmates for outside play time. We may also start out with shorter days as needed.

Overall, we minimize separation issues through our unique approach: since we have multi-age classrooms, with rolling enrollments, we rarely have a large number of new students starting at the same time. Our older students often act as mentors, and help younger children with the transition. Because our entire teaching is one-on-one, and because older students are capable of working by themselves, our teachers have the ability to spend extra time with new students during the first few transition days.

We find that most students quickly get excited by the many wonderful activities in our classrooms, and under the loving care of our well-trained, experienced teachers adjust quite comfortably to their new school environment.