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Montessori Bellevue School

2411 112th Avenue Northeast
Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone:
(425) 454-7439

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Bellevue Montessori School offers a traditional Montessori education in which the children learn from the materials. The children progress at their own pace under the leadership of the head teacher.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Bellevue Montessori School offers a traditional Montessori education in which the children learn from the beautiful teaching materials. The children progress at their own pace under the guidance of the head teacher.

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

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
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
Other subjects taught A weekly music lesson and a weekly Spanish lesson. In addition, kindergarten students take part in P.E. and science classes.

From the Director:

The children are allowed the freedom to explore all areas of the Montessori curriculum and to learn from well-designed, concrete materials. Head teachers give new lessons when the child shows readiness.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Due to the fact that the children are individually tracked, teachers look for mastery of a material/skill and then present new lessons. Children who need repetition with a certain material are allowed the time to master that material. Materials are designed to appeal to visual and kinaesthetic learners.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Bellevue Montessori School offers an enlightening and nurturing environment to support each individual child in building a foundation for life-long learning. We provide an atmosphere where teachers and parents work together to delight and empower the child in his or her education. Bellevue Montessori School provides age appropriate curriculum to challenge the child and create internal, instinctive and permanent understanding through interactions with materials and real life experiences.

A Typical Day

Typical Daily Schedule

7:15 -8:40 Activity Club
8:40 -9:10 Arrival Time
9:00 -11:00 Montessori Class time
11:00-11:50 Circle Time & Recess
11:45-11:55 Dismissal from morning classes
12:00-1:00 Lunch & Recess
12:30-12:45 Quiet Reading Time
12:45-2:35 Montessori Class Time
2:45 -3:10 Dismissal
3:10 -5:45 Activity Club

Recesses are staggered throughout the morning and afternoon. Each recess is 20 minutes.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Two parent-teacher conferences are held during the school year and two written reports are sent home. Goals and accomplishments are discussed. We hold an Open House the day before school starts and teachers hold a Parent Meeting in September. Parent Education is offered in October as a series of classes which parents are encouraged to attend.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

School is a normal, natural part of a child's development and the entrance to school should be handled in a positive, matter-of-fact manner. If tears are expected, the parent may bring the child for a short visit prior to starting. We hold an Open House the day before school starts which allows the child to see the classroom, meet the teachers and become familiar with the room.