Our Programs

Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.

Maria Montessori

Relevant Information

  • Included in each of the preschool classrooms are materials for 2 – 5 year old children.
  • For children with previous Montessori experience, and/or teacher recommendation, we have a third classroom with a Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten curriculum.

Preschool Program

  • The Preschool program is designed for children 2 to 5 years.

Children come to us with a variety of previous childcare experiences, from in home childcare providers, childcare centers, or stay at home parents. Regardless of their previous experiences, our team of preschool teachers helps with the total development of your child, emotionally, physically, intellectually and socially. We understand that children are unique and are at different stages of development, so our objective is not to compare their abilities with one another, but to observe their interests and build their individualized lesson plans around them. Thus, at the end of their preschool years they have mastered what they like to do and achieved what they need to know to proceed.

A typical preschool day consists of work and play. Play can be indoor/outdoor/or going to the park and is done early morning, before lunch and after afternoon snack.

Work time is used for learning and exploring the different activities within the prepared environment, which includes Exercise of Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, Writing, Science, Art, Story time, Music and Movement, Geography and Spanish.

Our students work everyday to build the following:

  • Independence – we achieve this by simply allowing children to care for themselves under the guidance of the teacher.
  • Patience – we learn patience through many enriching activities throughout the day.
  • Social skills – building relationships with other children and teachers.
  • Concentration – is built working with all Montessori activities, especially with
  • Exercise of Practical Life, the foundation of Montessori.

Preschool examples of the lessons that are taught:

Sounds, letters, letterbox, phonetic words, reading books.
Numbers with quantities up to 1000, decimal system, fractions, addition, subtraction,
Multiplication and division with 1, 2 and 3 digit numbers.
Writing lower case letters of the alphabet and numbers 1 – 1000, word building.
Spanish – colors, numbers, shapes, animals, etc.
Science – human body, animal and plant classifications, etc.
Geography – countries, land formations, continents, states.
People around the world and their habitats.
Reading time.
Art – painting, collage, drawing, molding, cutting, gluing, etc.
Music – beat and rhythm, use of rhythm sticks, singing and games, movement.
Large muscle activities.

Kindergarten Program

Our Montessori combined Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten program is designed for children 4 1/2 – 6 years old. We offer the kindergarten program to students who wish to continue the Montessori schooling through kindergarten. The program helps them to master their interest in math, reading and writing before they move into Kindergarten or 1st grade in public and private elementary schools.  Students may remain until their 7th birthday.  Many children have graduated and are excelling in public school in Math, Writing, Reading and Spelling Bees and many of these graduates are in accelerated programs in public schools.

Listed below are examples of the lessons that are taught, which are the same as in Preschool. The lessons are expanded and children are given more detail and are able to learn more in-depth.

Sounds, letters, letterbox, Phonetic words, flash cards, reading books.
Numbers with quantities up to 1000, decimal system, fractions, addition, subtraction,
Multiplication and division with 1, 2 and 3 digit numbers.
Writing upper and lower case letters of the alphabet and numbers 1 – 1000,
Word lists, word building.
Spanish – colors, numbers, shapes, animals, etc.
Science – human body, animal and plant classifications, etc.
Geography – countries, land formations, continents, oceans, states and flags
People around the world and their habitats.
Reading time and counting money.
Art – painting, collage, drawing, molding, cutting, gluing, etc.
Sign language – basic signing, flash cards.
Music.
Large Muscle Activities.

Summer School at Montessori

Along with the usual “summer camp” activities of arts and crafts, water play and special guests, Montessori School of Agoura offers the complete Montessori curriculum for ages 2 through 6 years. The classrooms are fully stocked with traditional Montessori materials from the Pink Tower that teaches concepts of small and large, to the Metal Insets that help young hands develop muscles needed for writing, to the Golden Beads material that can be used for learning 4-digit numbers and eventually addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a very concrete, fun way. Also available are Geography, Science, History, Practical Life, and Art activities.

The children are grouped in multi-age classrooms so they are able to teach each other and learn from each other in a setting similar to that which they will encounter in real life. Because the children are given freedom of choice within limits, they are able to concentrate on areas of interest and become proficient before moving on.

A typical day of Summer School begins at 9:00 with circle time. Following is the work period, including snack time, then recess and lunch. Afternoon consists of “summer camp” activities that vary according to the weekly theme. The school day ends at 3 p.m. Part-time schedules are also available, as well as child care before and after school.

See the Summer Camp Activities schedule.

Extra-Curricular Enrichment Classes

A daily enrichment class is included in our Montessori program, including Spanish, American Sign Language, Music and more. Karate, Amazing Athletes and Piano are offered for private enrollment.

Included in our Montessori program:

Yoga – Monday mornings with yoga instructor Ms. Dominique or classroom teachers.  Yoga is an enjoyable, positive discipline for young children, improving coordination and muscle control, concentration and self-control, while increasing physical fitness.

Spanish – Tuesday mornings with Señora Terri, who brings a wonderful combination of fun and learning to her 30 minute lessons introducing students to conversational Spanish.

Gardening Club – Wednesday mornings with classroom teachers.  School gardens enable students to care for other living things, learn ecological principles and experience the joy of nature.  We make connections between science, social studies, math and language arts, while being physically active and using all the senses.

American Sign Language – Thursday mornings with Ms. Julie.  Ms. Julie teaches ASL to each class with songs which make learning a new language fun and interesting.  This encourages a longer attention span, focus, concentration, listening skills, fine motor control and positive self esteem.

Music – Friday mornings with Ms. Diane, who includes rhythm, singing and instruments in her enjoyable classes.

For private sign up:

Karate – Mondays at 2:30 p.m. with Master Roger Lacombe.  The classes develop self-confidence, increase focus and concentration; create positive self-esteem;  improve coordination and increase physical fitness.

Amazing Athletes – Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.  This fun filled sports program incorporates physical fitness, muscle tone, and gross motor skills while learning and playing the following sports: Baseball, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey, Football, Lacrosse and Golf.

Dance – Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. with Dancetime by Stephanie.  This fun and creative class will spark the imagination of young children.  Children are introduced to a variety of dance styles such as Ballet, Hip-Hop, Creative Movement, Jazz, Folk and Musical Theatre.

Piano – “At Play with Piano”.  There are limited spaces available for 30 minute private piano lessons after school with Ms. Diane.  Students will be introduced to music theory, rhythm, singing and other basic piano fundamentals.  Come join Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse on their latest musical adventure!