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St. John Montessori Preschool

120 N 79th Street
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 783-0337


St. John Preschool offers a rich and varied curriculum based on Montessori philosophy.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

St. John Preschool strives to develop the child’s potential by direct experience with the Montessori prepared environment and the use of didactic materials; to foster the Montessori principles of order, concentration, coordination, and independence; to build on family love relationships, teach that God’s love grows within them, and pass on Catholic tradition through the celebration of the liturgical seasons; to prepare the child for St. John school through a broad experiential base and by introducing basic concepts in math and phonics.

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
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish, Catholic faith traditions, conflict resolution & problem solving.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori philosophy allows for children of varying abilities and at different levels of development to be appropriately challenged.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The preschool at St. John strives through Catholic principles and Montessori philosophy to create a loving environment which will allow students to grow in faith potential, social grace, discipline, and academics.

A Typical Day

Students begin the day with free choice time. Children work in the various classroom areas of practical life, sensorial, language, math, and cosmic studies. Following free choice, children go outside to play on the playground, updated in fall 2006. When they return, the remaining class time is spent on snack time, the daily lesson, and circle time. The daily lesson rotates and includes Spanish, music, a weekly trip to the school library, PE in the full size gym, lessons in conflict resolution, Montessori concepts, and faith traditions.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The Montessori philosophy allows for children of varying abilities and at different levels of development to be appropriately challenged.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

There are summer playdates for families to get to know each before school begins as well as a family social with teachers in late August.