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Montessori School of Seattle

720 18th Avenue E
Seattle, WA 98112

Phone:
(206) 325-0497

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Montessori materials are very beautiful, and the child is attracted to them. S/he enjoys working with them because of their beauty and because selection is of his own choice.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • Montessori math materials
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
  • Montessori science units
Music more

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  • Music teacher
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Art teacher
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught History, Geography, Cooking, Sensorial, Practical Life

From the Director:

The child learns through her play. The materials are open on the shelves, accessible to the child. They are didactic and lovely. The student can work alone, with friends, or in a small group led by a teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In the Montessori classroom, the children are of mixed ages. Each child works at the level that is appropriate to their abilities. The young learn from the older, the older help the younger. Sometimes a child who is four years old will be reading better than a child who is five, or a child who is three will recognize nemerals sooner that others. Within the happy, active classroom, no one is comparing themselves. No one is "behind". (Though many may "excell.")

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are committed to excellence. The enviornment must be beautiful, the teachers of firm dedication and sensitivity. In this climate, the child wants to learn. We believe Dr. Montessori's precept that the only valid impulse to learning is the self motivation of the child. The teacher prepares the enviornment, programs the activity, offers the child stimulation and guidance, but it is the child who is motivated through the work itself to persist in his chosen task. We believe in the importance of independent action in the pursuit of learning.

A Typical Day

Our students begin the day with circle time, a time for songs, stories, and lessons.
Then we have work time. Each child chooses their activity from the full spectrum of Montessori materials.
On certain days we have a music teacher, or a dance teacher, or an art teacher during part of this work time.
After the children put their work away, we have snack, and then end the day with recess.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents get monthly newsletters, weekly lesson plans, and daily contact with the teachers. Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classroom, and to accompany us on our monthly field trips.

We have an ice cream social at the start of school, and a family picnic at the end. There is a parent teacher conference mid year.






In the Montessori classroom, the children are of mixed ages. Each child works at the level that is appropriate to their abilities. The young learn from the older, the older help the younger. Sometimes a child who is four years old will be reading better than a child who is five, or a child who is three will recognize nemerals sooner that others. Within the happy, active classroom, no one is comparing themselves. No one is "behind". (Though many may "excell.")

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each student is sent a friendly note from the teachers during the last days of summer. We have an ice cream social the day before school begins so that the children feel comfortable, and extra teachers are present the first weeks of school to provide laps and soothing.