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Childs View Montessori School

4729 Southwest Taylors Ferry Road
Portland, OR 97219

(503) 293-9422


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A Montessori community where children joyfully discover themselves and their world. Education for life / Education for peace.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Young children naturally love to discover new things. At Child's View we recognize this desire to learn, providing a special environment where children explore, discover, learn and grow. Child's View is based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori, recognizing that children learn best through their senses and interacting physically within their environment. As children are guided to explore their world, they develop the power to think for themselves, cultivating a joy for learning and ability to meet new situations with increased ability and understanding.

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
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
  • Building blocks
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
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught The Montessori curriculum is complete, encompassing all aspects of development. We also place a special emphasis on education for peace, believing that to have a peaceful world, we must begin with our children. In addition to the usual subjects, children learn how to care for themselves and others, about other people and places, as well as care and appreciation for the natural world.

From the Director:

The Montessori environment is full, encompassing all aspects of the child's development. Specially designed materials provide a concrete means for children to explore all subject areas and provide interconnection and learning across subject lines. As the child grows and develops, these materials provide a concrete means to move into more abstract learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In Montessori all learning is individualized. Children learn according to their own needs, interests and abilities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Child's View was created as an "aid to life" -- the life of the child. Our mission is to create a safe and nurturing environment, based on Montessori philosophy, which aids in the unfolding of each child's individual potential and assists in creating a peaceful world. Our goal is to create a place where children find the freedom to become who they truly are meant to be and to know they have their own unique gift to bring forth, which in turn helps to create a better future for our world.

A Typical Day

Early Arrival 7:30 - 8:30
Montessori Class Time Begins 8:30
Montessori Morning 8:30 - 11:30
Lunch & Outside Play 11:30 -1:00
Montessori Half-Day Dismissal 1:00
Nap / Rest 1:00 - 3:00
Extended Day/Kindergarten 1:00 - 3:00
Montessori Full-Day Dismissal 3:00
All Day Montessori 3:00 - 6:00 "

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

When the school and home work together, the benefit to the child is considerable. Parents are involved in a variety of ways, from connecting with their child about their school day to volunteering and helping with fundraisers and events. A Parent Link group meets quarterly to provide a link between home and school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children have a special orientation time prior to their first day to meet their teacher, find a cubby, explore the classroom and have a couple of "lessons". Our first priority is to help each child feel safe and know they can trust us to care for them. This trust is critical to learning.