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Blue Skies Montessori

2808 SW Holden Street
Seattle, WA 98126

(206) 938-9663


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Our curriculum is based on the Montessori Method of Education and also encompasses the High/ScopeĀ® and Developmental Theory which provides a structured academic program. (excerpted from school website)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

Curriculum: Blue Skies provides a core of developmentally appropriate activities. Practical Life - Exercises provide opportunities to develop self-help skills. Children learn to button, zip, snap, lace, tie, etc. Sensorial - Sensorial activities help children to develop their senses, and build eye and hand coordination. Math - Is explored by working with and manipulating a variety of materials that encourage thinking and problem solving. Language - Activities are interconnected through the classroom. Materials have a phonetic emphasis and are used to encourage the combing of letters to form words. Cultural Subjects - History, Geography, Art ,Music, Science and Foreign Language are enrichment activities of Blue Skies curriculum. The outdoors may be used to explore and expand on these subjects. (from school brochure)

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Vanita Rodde is the owner and manager of Blue Skies Montessori Preschool. She has over 19 years of experience in the childcare field, working at many different levels throughout her career. This includes working with all ages of children, and families from different socio, economic, and religious backgrounds, as well as children with special needs. Vanita has had the opportunity to work closely with speech and language pathologists and physical therapists while developing goals for children. Vanita's training includes a Montessori Degree, Child Development Associate and AA degree, and she currently attends school part-time taking courses in psychology.

(excerpted from school website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Blue Skies Montessori Preschool uses a contemporary approach to the Montessori Method of Education combined with the Developmental Theory and High/Scope and believes that children have the ability to teach themselves by constructing knowledge from the environment we provide. The teacher in a Montessori classroom acts as a facilitator or guide preparing the environment so that children can learn on their own, and at their own pace.

We believe in providing materials the children can choose over and over enabling them to practice skills they have already learned while providing opportunities to learn new ones. Thus allowing the child to become an active participant in their own learning.

Blue Skies Montessori Preschool strongly believes in:

*Building children's self-esteem
*Fostering individual children's quest for learning
*Treating each child with dignity and respect

(excerpted from school website)

A Typical Day

We realize it is difficult to be away from your child for so long each day, and want you to have complete confidence in us. We are qualified by training and experience to understand your child. In cooperation with you, we try to teach the children:
That school is a place like home, where he/she can feel cared for, protected, and secure.

That teachers are gentle, loving, and caring people.

That each child is a worthwhile and valuable group member who can use his/her body and mind with increasing ease.

To become a good worker and enjoy living in a group where he/she will make friends.

To gain understanding of the world around them and to build a foundation for good academic work in school.

(excerpted from school website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Blue Skies Montessori Community adheres to the following School and Parent responsibilities:


To provide clean, safe classrooms, bathrooms, and play areas
To provide qualified, caring personnel
To maintain communication with families through newsletters, bulletin board information and conferences
To respect each child as an individual
To provide learning materials and projects that will expand and challenge each child's abilities
To notify parent(s)/guardian(s) of any problems, injuries, and/or illnesses regarding their child
To provide safe transportation and adequate supervision of all children for outings
To recognize when a child's needs are not being met by the school, and to recommend other care solutions
To meet and exceed all city, state, and federal requirements and regulations


To provide and update accurate registration, health, and immunization records and forms as required by state regulation
To apprise the school in writing of any health restrictions, custody disputes, or situations, which would limit or exclude a child from full participation.
To communicate with staff and/or Director of any concerns regarding the school
To get to know the child's caregivers and teachers by name
To supply the school in writing of any changes in a child's scheduled attendance
To stay within the boundaries of hours the school has set forth
To limit a child's attendance to no more than ten (10) hours per day as required by state regulations
To arrange for prompt pick-up and alternate care for a sick child
To not bring a sick child to school
To provide the school with two weeks written notice of a child's withdrawal
To appropriately dress child for the weather and participation in class, providing a full change of clothing each day
To pay tuition costs promptly to insure a quality program
To treat staff with mutual respect

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school