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Small Planet Montessori

2122 N 53rd Street
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 632-3434

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

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
Other subjects taught French language (offered weekly during school year & as a summer camp) & nature awareness (offered weekly during school year)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We incorporate basic Montessori philosophy and materials as well as traditional tried and true Early Childhood activities. Emphasis is placed on art and music activities, as well as cultural studies.

The classroom environment is designed to promote independence, creativity, self-motivation and responsibility in each child. As a group, respect for others and for our Earth is a focus. Throughout the year, activities designed to provide an awareness of cultures around the world occur.
(from parent handout)

A Typical Day

8:45-9:00am -arrival
9:00-9:30am -circle time
9:30-10:45am -work time
10:45-11am -singing circle time
11:00-11:15am -snack time
11:15-11:30am -story time
11:30-11:45am -outside playtime / morning class dismissal

11:45-12:00pm -lunch club arrivals
12:00-12:30pm -lunch
12:30-12:45pm -morning class lunch departure

12:45-1:00pm -afternoon class arrivals
1:00-1:30pm -circle time
1:30-2:45pm -work time
2:45-3:00pm- singing circle time
3:00-3:15pm -snack time
3:15-3:30pm -story time
3:30-3:45 -outside playtime / afternoon class dismissal

Home-School Connection

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