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Montessori Children's House

3626 SW Bond Avenue
Portland, OR 97239

Phone:
(503) 360-1179

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Montessori environment is a place where the child continues to build himself in new and exciting ways. Trained professionals provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that meets the need of the child to develop all the senses, large and small muscles, the mind, and the heart. The classroom contains a large variety of materials usually found only in a Montessori setting, carefully designed to sustain a child’s interest at various ages and stages.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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

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Time & space more

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Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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Music more

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  • Musical instruments
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Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Montessori curriculum
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Geography, Art/Music, Social Development

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Experienced Montessori educators from Portland have joined to create an outstanding school in this exciting new community in the central city. The teachers are trained and certified by the Association Montessori Internationale, the oldest and most rigorous Montessori organization. Head of the school is David Cannon, who has over 25 years of experience in Montessori teaching and administration in the Portland area.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Montessori Children's House is founded in the tradition of the many outstanding Montessori programs for young children throughout the US and the world. It offers a true home away from home where the child thrives, learns, and feels the security and stimulation that allow her to fly.

Experienced Montessori educators from Portland have joined to create an outstanding school in this exciting new community in the central city. The teachers are trained and certified by the Association Montessori Internationale, the oldest and most rigorous Montessori organization. Head of the school is David Cannon, who has over 25 years of experience in Montessori teaching and administration in the Portland area.

A Typical Day

The following is an example of our daily schedule in the Primary (3-6) program:

8:15-8:30 -- Children arrive and are greeted by a teacher.

8:30-11:30 -- Work Cycle (Children choose individual work or small group activities. Teachers observe, guide, and give individual lessons.)
~A healthy snack is available throughout the morning. Children wash hands, prepare their snack, pour a cup of water, and may invite a friend to join them.

11:30-12:00 -- Outdoor recreation

12:00 -- Half-Day pick-up

12:15-1:00 -- Lunch

1:00-3:00 -- Rest/Afternoon work cycle Children choose individual work or small group activities. Teachers observe, guide, and give individual lessons.

3:00 -- Extended Day pick-up

3:00-5:30 -- Full-Day activities (snack, outdoor recreation, work cycle)

We offer a 5-day week for the children. The only exception is a four-day option for the toddlers (Tue.-Fri.) MCH is open until 5:30 p.m. to meet the needs of some of our parents. We are closed during normal school holidays such as winter break, spring break, and national holidays. A summer program in 2011 will run from June 27 to August 12.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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