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Harmony Montessori School

1740 SE 139th Ave
Portland, OR 97233

(503) 255-5337


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Harmony Montessori provides a rich educational experience for children, one that will inspire a lifetime love of learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Our carefully prepared environments provide a wide variety of activities and enriching experiences for the child. With in this environment of work and play, the children are given opportunities to engage in meaningful activities, encouraging the "self-creating process of the child"

From the Director:

The Montessori education focuses on the total child-mind, body and spirit. The children in our program work with hundreds of materials designed to provide both the developmental and academic curricula.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Most instruction in a Montessori classroom is done one-on-one. Teaching techniques are designed to enable the children to correct themselves by trial and error and allow opportunities to make discoveries by themselves or to think things out for themselves.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal is always to encourage independence, responsible freedom, joyful learning, and self-discipline in the child.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

7:30-8:30 Early Care
8:30 Class begins with a short circle
8:45-10:30 Work Period-Individual lessons, small group lessons and independent work.
10:30 Clean-up
10:40 Circle - Songs, games, stories
11:00 Outside Playtime
12:00 Noon Departure
12:10-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:00 Nap or Extended day program for older children.
3:00 School day departure
3:00-5:30 Late Care

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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