La Jolla Village
    Montessori School
7427 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

Joanne O'Neil, Director Joanne O'Neil Signature


How does the Montessori Method differ from traditional education?

The Montessori Method is an approach to learning which emphasizes the potential of the young child, and which develops this potential by means of a unique teaching method designed to allow the child to experience the joy of learning, the excitement of exploration and the pride of achievement while proceeding at his or her own pace.

The Montessori method utilizes specially trained teachers and special teaching materials which focus on developing the intellect and stability of a child, beginning at 2 1/2 years of age.

Dr. Maria Montessori

Who was Maria Montessori?

Born in 1870, Maria Montessori was Italy's first woman M.D. and became an ardent advocate of the rights of both women and children during the first half of the twentieth century. She developed her interests in the education of the very young child, and devoted her life to the education of children.

At the time of her death in 1952, she had been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize and was honored and respected throughout the world.

Do children show periods of specific maturational aptness?

Sensitive periods are Dr. Maria Montessori's name for age periods when a child shows unusual capabilities in acquiring particular skills. For example, the sensitive period for writing is between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2. The recognition of words leading to reading and number recognition is 3 to 5.

Precise movement and coordination usually takes place between 2 1/2 and 4. Dr. Montessori found that a child is able to absorb more readily different subjects at different ages, or periods of growth.

Montessori Children

How do children do when transferring from a Montessori school to a traditional setting?

Children who begin Montessori at an early age seem to adjust rapidly to many different types of schools. The skills learned in the Montessori environment, such as self direction, initiative, self-discipline and independence, are easily adaptable to most situations.

Why should your child attend La Jolla Village Montessori School?

With an ideal enrollment of 42 students, our small school provides the optimum teacher to-child ratio to enable every child to benefit from specialized attention from our highly qualified staff.

Our home-like setting, with treed back yard and organic garden, allows even the youngest of our students to feel comfortable while enjoying both indoor and outdoor activities and learning experiences.