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Discovery Montessori School

2836 34th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98199

(206) 282-3848


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Our school program resides in the Magnolia United Methodist Church. Parking is available on the street or in our lot with access by alley from Barrett Street. Our door is on the North side of the building.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Learning and Development occur at a personal pace and yet in recognizable stages. The teachers observe, guide, and interact with students with respect and awareness of each one as an individual. Each child's participation builds foundations for skill development and expanded use of the curriculum.

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 more

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  • Puzzles
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
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.
  • 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
  • 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 Yoga is included in each classroom. Food Origins and Preparation in support of our practical life skills. Sign Language and world languages are included mostly with experiential lessons. Gardening and Outdoor Education bring our learning activities outside.

From the Director:

Our curriculum blossoms as we involve the children and families with sharing and cultural experiences. Parents who wish to share a talent or interest within the curriculum plans are encouraged to bring that to the class. This includes talents of artist, chef, musician, languages, cultural finds, and travels.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is documented for the current interests and skills shown for chosen tasks. Observation of this provides basis for continuing lessons which are documented. Children are encouraged to return to work which has been demonstrated in order to build skills. In this way every child is different from others and will excel in their own ways. Children like to succeed and also like a challenge. Working on challenging lessons provides new skills.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Children are naturally motivated to explore and learn all the time. Our school program is designed around the needs of the child to express creatively, pursue understanding, and develop character. Discovery Montessori School offers an environment which will provide for the broad spectrum development of young children through free choice, progressing from "hands-on" activity to abstract thought.

A Typical Day

Children Progress Freely within Daily Schedule & Routine:

8:15-8:45: Arrivals & children explore together with independent choice of activities and gather together with a group time for culture, movement, and song.

11:00 to 11:30: PS East Lunchtime / PS West Recess
11:30 morning pick up
11:40 to 12:10: PS East Recess / PS West Lunchtime
12:15-12:30: Afternoon arrivals

12:30-3:00 afternoon session allowing new depth of experience and growth in all skills.

3:00-3:30: afternoon outdoor play & afternoon pick-up

Morning & Afternoon: Snack time is available as free choice. Circle time and outdoor activities are shared as a group.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers build communication with parents from the beginning of each child's attendance by means of verbal accounts, home visits, written summaries. We report school experiences and include home activities in our learning process through the child's sharing and parent involvement. Parent-Teacher conferences are held in the spring prior to enrollment for the next year. A room parent supports the communication and involvement for families and Parent Meetings bring together the Parents and Teachers for exchange of ideas.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parent handbook provides cues to parents for a successful start. Family needs for classroom presence are considered individually. Each child is encouraged to make choices of activity and become comfortable and independent in the school setting.
Parent-Teacher communication supports success.