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Montessori Garden

6615 Dayton Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 524-8307


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We are a traditional Montessori school with an emphasis on the creative arts. Our school is located on the second floor of the brick building in the Phinney Neighborhood Center.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

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Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori philosophy offers children the opportunity to choose materials that fit their academic level. All of the materials offer some value to any child at any level. Each teacher has a style of their own and they observe each child in order to create an individualized curriculum of sorts.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

* A child's personal dignity is essential for learning.
* All we know is learned through our sensory apparatus.
* A child needs sensible, consistent rules and limits.
* A child is a social being and wants to make a contribution.

At Montessori Garden, we strive to help children become self-confident individuals with skills to succeed in the new century. We honor:

* Independence
* Self-Discipline
* Concentration
* Attachment to Reality
* Love of Order
* Ability to Make Choices
* Enjoyment of Quiet

(from website)

A Typical Day

7:30 to 9:00 Arrival
"Kids Club" supervised free play, toys and art.

8:30 Outside

9:00 to 11:00 Classtime/Art and Drama
Worktime, individual lessons on Montessori work and time to practice. Individual snack. Art and creative dramatics teacher assists in the classroom. Art or Drama lessons are provided by specialists to each class once a week.

11:00-12:30 Lunch for both classrooms, recess and dismissal for half day students.

12:30 to 2:35 Naptime for those that still need some sleep or downtime during the day.

1:00-2:45 Afternoon classtime
Worktime, individual lessons on Montessori work and time to practice. Individual snack. Art and creative dramatics teacher assists in the classroom. Children's jobs for cleanup.

3:00 to 4:00 Outside playtime/Dismissal

4:00 to 4:45 Circle, snack offered, looking at books, dancing, reading stories, singing, talking, games.

4:45 to 6:00 pm "Kids Club" supervised free play, toys and art. Clean-up and dismissal.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide a Goal Setting agenda for each child in October with the option of a follow up meeting with individual families if requested. The teachers have a formal conference with families in January. In June, we provide an end of the year assessment.

At any time during the year, parents are welcome to set up meetings with the staff. We often have short phone meetings or email as well, in order to communicate with parents.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We ask that the parents trust the choice that they have made. When children sense a parents' hesitation, they become more anxious. We are very aware that this is a transition that most families are experiencing for the first time and we offer guidance throughout the process.