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Three R's School

920 Southwest Frazer Avenue
Pendleton, OR 97801

(541) 276-8404


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Children are full of the joy of learning. Adults should respect this great quality and nurture it.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulative materials
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Songs
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
  • Simple experiments
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Rhythm band
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Famous artists
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
  • Picnic table to eat outdoors
Other subjects taught Great American heroes Bible stories Manners, how to make friends Golden Rule Nature subjects

From the Director:

Instruction in nature subjects, learning the names and basic information about common animals, birds, insects, butterflies, flowers, trees, dinosaurs and the solar system. Children create books of their own on various cultural subjects.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In the Montessori system, children progress at their own rate. We have teacher-created workbooks in reading and math and every child works at their own level and at their own pace. Comparisons with other students are therefore not applicable. In some cases older students are allowed to help younger students. Students are usually eager to take their workbooks home..

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our staff is concerned that literacy is declining in the U.S., as reading is all-important in education. No child can have adequate self-esteem when they have a reading problem. We therefore direct most of our efforts towards insuring our students acquire that precious skill, taught with songs, games, toys and craft activities as well as teacher-created workbooks.

A Typical Day

Music, circle time, review of letter sounds, numbers, colors and shapes.
Arts and crafts using theme of the day
Teacher works individually with students.
Storytime, theme of the day
Playground time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent volunteers in the classroom are sought for both preschool and kindergarten levels. Parent-teacher conferences are held twice a year, and contact is made each day parents drop off or pick up their children. Written reports are provided. Because we use teacher-created workbooks and flashcards which go home in the students' backpacks, their academic progress is easy for the parent to evaluate.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Short orientation sessions before the start of full sessions in September give students and parents a chance to meet the teacher, the other students, and become familiar with the classroom and our scedule of activities. For the first week, we encourage parents to stay if needed. About 20% of three-year-olds experience some separation anxiety. In some cases a phone call to the parent relieves the anxiety. In about 2% of the student enrollment the child is not ready and more growth and development is needed in order to start preschool.