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Early World Montessori

3027 80th Avenue SE
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Phone:
(206) 232-2400

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

All Montessori "works" include an individual lesson with the child and then the child is free to explore the work on his own. The Montessori environment is deliberately designed to engage the children and expose them to practical life, sensorial experiences, science, mathematics and geometry, language arts, geography, music, art, movement and physical education.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Montessori is designed to go from the concrete to the abstract. Children work with materials for a very long time before they put anything on paper. As a result, there are no dittos, and very few take home "papers" until nearly kindergarten. Work with letters is totally phonetic. Children who are read to at home but do not learn the names of the letters actually learn to read more quickly that those who say the names of letters at home and the sounds of the letters at school.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

No children in Montessori are "behind" or "ahead" or "different." Children learn from where they are regardless of where that is. There is no competition or model. This philosophy allows children to learn without stress and at a staggering rate because they are happy and enjoy learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The school provides a warm, secure setting where each child can develop to his/her own potential emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. The program maintains a child-centered philosophy that accepts each child at his/her own developmental level and encourages him/her to learn through a variety of hands-on activities and rich experiences.

A Typical Day

6:30 - 8:45 before school free play, breakfast if provided by parents.
8:45 - 11:00 work time and snack
11:00 - 11:30 circle time
11:30 - 12:00 outside play time
12:00 - 12:30 lunch
12:30 - 2:15 naptime for designated nappers
12:30 - 1:15 outside play time
1:15 - 1:30 story circle
1:30 - 2:45 work time and snack
3:00 end of school day, many children leave for hm
3:00 - 4:00 outside play time
4:00 - 4:30 story circle and snack
4:30 - 6:30 free play time

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

No children in Montessori are "behind" or "ahead" or "different." Children learn from where they are regardless of where that is. There is no competition or model. This philosophy allows children to learn without stress and at a staggering rate because they are happy and enjoy learning.
We have parent-teacher conferences twice a year. We also talk to parents nearly every day, so can meet at any time and often talk informally.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Many of our students start early, during the summer, when we have fewer students and a more relaxed program. We also encourage parents to bring children to visit a couple of times before they actually start.