La Jolla Village
    Montessori School
7427 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-454-1811


Joanne O'Neil, Director Joanne O'Neil Signature

 

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”

-Dr. Maria Montessori

OUR CURRICULUM

 

Practical Life

Practical Life is the foundation for any kind of academics as it provides a sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence.

Initially in the Montessori school experience, Practical Life forms the core of the child's play, especially for the youngest children. This area is designed to aid the child's development in caring for people and the environment, controlling his/her movements, and forming social relations.


Sensorial

The Sensorial materials help the children refine their senses and power of observation. The development of a child's physical senses enhances his/her readiness for greater intellectual work. The materials are designed to develop and train the delicate senses of touch, smell, taste, sound and visual perception.


Language

Language is learned by absorption. It consists of verbal skills, visual perception, and small muscle coordination.

Language training provides the children with the understanding that separate sounds can be blended together to form words. In addition, children are taught to read by incorporating such movements as tracing of sandpaper letters or forming words with a movable alphabet.

Montessori Math: Introducing Math Early!

The Montessori Mathematics curriculum is an amazing system that is highly successful and incredibly built. This curriculum consists of incredible hands-on learning materials, detailed lessons, one-on-one instruction, life application and deep levels of understanding process, not memorizing products.

Montessori introduces Math to very young children for many reasons. One of the most basic reasons is because these young children are in a sensitive period for order - and the study of math helps to satisfy the needs and interests that go along with this developmental stage. Children are exposed to materials with which they can explore mathematical principles as early as 2 ½ or 3 years of age, and the curriculum follows them as they develop skills and understanding.

 

Geography and Science

Bring the world into the children's house. Maps, flags, models, songs, foods, photographs, cards… a variety of appealing materials answer the many questions the older preschoolers has about the world. What are the names of the continents, the countries, the oceans, the animals, plants, rocks and minerals? The Montessori experience leads the child to knowledge and appreciation of the world and its human family, with all their rich variety.

 

Music Program

Developed to build attention and self-expression, music class activities include singing, chanting, moving, focused listening, musical games, exploring musical instruments, creative movement and storytelling. The Musikgarten curriculum nurtures your growing child’s ability to use language and participate in dramatic play within a musical context.
The age-appropriate and sequential curriculum is the most comprehensive in the industry. Developed by music and movement pioneers, the Musikgarten sequence introduces children to the joy of music and effectively guides them toward lifelong, active participation in music.
As a piano teacher and mom of two small children, Erica became interested in early childhood music education. After reading and researching the topic, she decided to write her graduate thesis on the effect of music education on math achievement in preschool children. That research led her to become a certified Musikgarten teacher, allow her to help parents nurture their children in music and set them on a successful path of making music.
In addition to the Musikgarten classes offered, children are given the opportunity to learn piano in a small group setting. Children learn to play songs that they perform for their parents, teachers and classmates in an encouraging performance setting.

 

The Book Corner

Developing a love of reading is just as important in a child's growth as developing the skill of reading. Our classrooms are equipped with a variety of children's books designed to appeal to their innate curiosity and interests. The children can look at picture books, read stories, and learn about such their favorite things. Thus, the love of reading is cultivated, and will grow into their most important key to future learning.

 

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