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Bedford Montessori School

8 Alfred Circle
Bedford, MA 01730

(781) 275-3344


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We are a traditional Montessori preschool serving toddlers and preschoolers from 2 - 6 years old. We have been in Bedford since 1984.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Our preschool classrooms offer a mixed age group (3-6 years), certified Montessori Teachers and individualized academic lessons daily while allowing children to choose activities that they are drawn to. Our toddler class welcomes children between the ages of 2 and 3.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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
  • 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 Spanish. Geography, Handwriting

From the Director:

We have a complete array of Montessori materials and learning tools. Each is carefully chosen to provide self-directed learning and exploration. The academic lessons for math and language are given individually and are teacher directed. The children are free to choose additional activities that appeal to them. The teacher directs only the introductory lessons for each new concept. The children are then free to practice and repeat the lessons to master the skill.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is given an individual math or reading lesson daily.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our curriculum is based on the philosophy and work of Maria Montessori. We believe that children between the ages of 2 and 6 need to work in an environment equipped with a rich choice of stimulating materials. The children are free to make their own work choices. They are given lessons based on their interests and readiness. Through this work they develop a sense of order, an ability to concentrate, and the coordination to handle materials with increased skill. Independence and a positive self-image result from the development of these basic abilities"
Excerpted from the school's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have weekly newsletters. There are four formal progress reports during the school year, scheduled parent conferences, classroom visits and other meetings as requested.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

New children attend two orientation days just prior to the beginning of the regular school schedule.