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Golden Mountain Montessori School

306 W Brookside Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 632-0875


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
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • A well stocked phonetic reading program that is taught individually in segments
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • A Montessori math program that gradually teaches quantitative skills from learning to match quantity to numeral 0 -9 to through teens and 10's to thousands. Number operations from adding through division.
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Many sensorial materials for matching and grading
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
  • Studies of solar system, geology, biology, anatomy, properties of water, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Singing, Matching notes on bell material, rhythm bands etc.
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 French Social skills Conflict management Ice skating

From the Director:

Our French classes are taught by a Native of France so the children learn it from someone without an accent.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teaching is individual and non judgemental. We work with each child on a concept until (s)he learns it. When a child has
difficulty we implement alternative ways of presenting the subject matter. Our aim is always to enhance the child's self esteem and foster a relaxed attitude in the child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that every child has the right to be in a place where (s)he feels wanted. Preschool children's abilities vary wildly and need to be ad- dressed individually without judgement. Preschool is a place to prepare not only for academic life but for all of life. The Practical Life activities in our kitchen are a vital part of our educational program. We believe that foreign language is an essential part of preschool learning as people increasingly live in a global environment and also knowing more that one language greatly increases brain development.

A Typical Day

7:30 Breakfast or assisting the teacher with class- room preparation or individually selected activity.
8:30 Outside play
9:00 Group Lesson
9:30 Individual work time or small French group.
10:30 Group Lesson
11:00 Outside play
11:30 Lunch
12:30 Nap or kitchen cleanup (for kindergtnrs)
12:45 outside time for p.m. students & 5yr olds
1:10 Group lesson
1:30 Work time
2:30 Group lesson
3:00 Outside time
3:15 Pick up time
4:00 Group snack
4:15 Individual and group games and crafts
5:30 School closes
Individual snacks are available all during the work times.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We attempt to communicate with parents daily about the children's progress. We send out a newsletter every other month or more to keep parents informed about the curriculum, about special activities, and about
suggestions for parenting. We work with the director of the Family Attachment Center when we have behavior problems. We have open house parent meetings and we do an extensive annual written evaluation and conference with the parents of each child.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We discuss separation with the parents in advance. We start new children one or two each day so we can give them much individual attention on their 1st day of school. We have a "heart" ceremony that parents use to say goodbye to their children. We ask parents to leave quickly after saying goodbye so they don't prolong the painful moment of separation. We have the children wave goodbye through the window (even if they are crying) and we immediately do an individual activity with them.