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Cinco Ranch Montessori School

2530 Peek Rd.
Katy, TX 77450

(281) 392-0011


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Montessori is a philosophy that allows children freedom within very well defined boundaries. Children are guided and presented with the materials. They are then encouraged to repeat the lessons given. Lessons given are based the child's developmental, social, emotional, and academic abilities. The teacher observes and develops an individualized lesson for each child.

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
  • Full compliment of Montessori language materials.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Concrete materials for counting and the full compliment of Montessori math materials.
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
  • Experiments such as sink and floats, magnets, etc.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Calm music in the background. Music history in our cultural area.
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
  • Tricycles
  • 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
  • Children's garden
Other subjects taught In the Montessori environment, the child starts in an area known as Practical Life. With the materials in this area, the child develops his hand eye coordination, concentration, independence, and control. The materials in this are have built in direct and indirect preparations for reading and writing, such as spooning beans from one pitcher to another which is done from left to right. Another area is Sensorial in which the child's senses are defined based on materials that have built in control of error. The materials include visual disrimination, sequencing, grading, tactile and auditory discrimination, developing the olfactory senses, and even tasting.

From the Director:

The Montessori curriculum is the entire environment and comes from within the child. The classroom is set up in areas of the core curriculum such as Language, Math, Science, Geography, Sensorial, Practical Life, Art, etc. The child is free to explore what he is interested in and drawn to; however, he is first shown the proper way to use the materials. He is shown and encouraged to explore and discover on his own. Children that are concentrating and working with purpose are left alone. The teacher is a keen observer and is ready to assist when neeed.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Through observation the teacher can identify when a child may need extra attention. Based on the observation she can formulate an action plan to ensure the child's needs are being met. She will meet with the parents to discuss the plan and decide a course of action that can be a bridge between school and home.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Authentic Montessori philosophy. Children are considered unique individuals in which a lesson plan is developed for each child based on observations of the Montessori Directress(teacher). We are here to foster a love of learning through discovery. Our classrooms are hands on environments with all materials ranging from concrete to abstract.

A Typical Day

Class begins at 8:30 with a circle time (aka line time) this is to set the tone for the day. Followed by an individual work period that lasts from two and half to three hours. Playtime, story time, and lunch are also included in the morning work time which ends at 12:30. From 12:30 to 2:30 the children have a short rest time and another work period. The school day ends at 2:30. We do offer before and after school care for children from 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 pm.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Twice yearly parent-teacher conferences with written progress reports. Teachers are available by appointment.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage school visits with parent and child prior to the first day. For toddlers we encourage the parent to stay for awhile each day until the child is comfortable.