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Welcome to Mission Viejo Montessori!

WHERE LEARNING AND FUN TURN INTO ONE!

Babies

MVM understands you have entrusted us with your most precious gift…your baby. Please rest assured, our MVM Infant Program Teachers are dedicated to supplying your little ones with the love and attention they need, just as if they are at home with you.

Toddlers

The MVM Toddler Program (Butterfly) serves children from 1 year to 2 years, maintaining a ratio of one teacher to every four students.  Our toddler room teachers are trained in Montessori Education and each has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education.

Preschool

Our Lead Teachers possess either a Montessori Elementary Teacher Certificate or a California Elementary Teaching Credential. Equipped with either of these designations, our teachers are fully able and qualified to create individualized preschool curriculum programs for your children!

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Our Mission

WHAT'S OUR GOAL
Mission Viejo Montessori is an independent school offering a nurturing and academic program for infant, toddler, preschool, and kindergarten students. We provide a happy and secure, mixed-age environment for children ages 6 weeks through 6 years. Our programs are based upon the Montessori method. The Montessori curriculum and prepared environment encourage students to fulfill their developmental potential and become independent, self-confident learners. Each classroom has a full complement of Montessori materials and is lead by a Montessori trained teacher. The classrooms are bright and inviting, and the playground and garden areas are used by the children for recreation and nature study. Mission Viejo Montessori is centrally located in the town of Mission Viejo, California and is convenient to anyone going to and from the 5 freeway.
Our mission is to provide children and families with a safe and nurturing environment founded on the philosophical roots of Montessori education. As educators, this philosophy unravels in our classroom environment throughout our creative curriculum enabling us to foster independent, confident, academically prepared, and socially responsible citizens who will be lifelong learners. We excel at providing an all inclusive family like environment in these early developmental years of social, cognitive, and emotional growth.

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The Montessori

WHAT WE DO

The word “Montessori” embodies the educational philosophy, teaching method, and materials developed by Dr. Maria Montessori at the beginning of the 20th century in Rome, Italy. Dr. Montessori was the first female medical doctor in Italy who, upon graduating with her medical degree, began her career observing children in the hospitals and mental institutions of Italy. What she found was a great need for education for these children which was not offered to anyone but the wealthiest families. As she continued to study children’s natural learning style, she slowly developed materials that helped the children learn on their own with very little assistance from adults.

In 1907 Dr. Montessori opened her first school for children (Casa dei Bambini or “Children’s House”) in one of the poorest districts of Rome. She further developed her materials and created an entirely new educational philosophy. Dr. Montessori’s dedication to the children is what propelled her new philosophy into educational reform. Her method became the national teaching method of Italy and teachers from around the world came to learn from her. She also traveled the globe giving speeches, setting up classrooms, training teachers, and observing children.

The Montessori philosophy has several important aspects:

  • Young minds are absorbent minds: children absorb everything around them
  • Children grow in three-year planes of development –birth-3 yrs: children develop basic skills of living; 3-6 yrs: children refine those skills; 6-9 yrs: children develop new skills as they start to explore their world; 9-12 yrs: children refine their new skills and so on to adulthood
  • Children go through sensitive periods in their development when their minds are particularly sensitive to learning certain skills
  • Children have a natural need for order, repetition, and practice with concrete exercises before moving to abstract concepts
  • Prepared teachers who are trained not only for the use of the materials, but are also prepared to give children respect, empower them to learn in their way, nurture their spirit through kindness and love, and give them time to absorb and investigate the world around them
  • The prepared environment is ready for the children to begin the learning process by drawing them to the materials. All materials are designed to foster concentration, coordination, independence, a sense of order, responsibility, and of course the particular skill being taught. The materials are grouped into 5 curriculum areas including Practical Life, Sensorial Exercises, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Cultural Arts.

Practical Life: training for basic skills that are “practical for life” –

  • Movements of everyday life – walking, sitting, balancing, carrying objects, using utensils, pouring, folding
  • Household applications – polishing, setting tables, flower arranging, cleaning, food preparation
  • Caring for oneself – cleanliness, dressing, grooming
  • Caring for one’s environment – care for animals, plants, indoor and outdoor areas
  • Practicing Social Relations –lessons in patience, grace, and courtesy to learn greeting others, asking for things, appropriate ways to get attention, using manners

Sensorial Exercises: training the 5 senses –

  • The Visual Sense – color, shape, size
  • The Tactile Sense – textures: smooth/rough, pressures: soft/hard, weights: light/heavy, temperatures: hot/cold/warm/cool
  • The Olfactory Sense – noting differences in various scents
  • The Gustatory Sense – noting difference in various tastes
  • The Auditory Sense – noting differences in various sounds & musical instruments

Cultural Arts:

  • Zoology – the study of animals
  • Botany – the study of plants
  • Geography – land and water forms (island/lake, gulf/peninsula, cape/bay, strait/isthmus, archipelago/chain of lakes) globes, puzzle maps
  • Geology – rocks and minerals, erosion, volcanoes
  • History – time: days, months, seasons, years, age, the beginning of the planet, the timeline of life on earth, the development of humans, the needs of humans
  • Science – buoyancy; magnetism; solids, liquids, and gases;
  • Art – colors, drawing, various mediums and materials, creativity, process art
  • Music – sounds, instruments, and creating music
  • Dramatic Play – pretending, watching and listening, acting, performing

Mathematics:

  • Counting – counting aloud, counting objects
  • Numeral recognition (the symbols of 1, 2, 3…) and numeral to number correspondence (symbol and quantity association of 1=*, 2=* *, 3= * * *, …)
  • Concept of 0
  • The decimal system: units, tens, hundreds, thousands
  • Operations: addition, multiplication, subtraction, division
  • Elementary level mathematics work
    • Time
    • Fractions
    • Money
    • Measurement
    • Graphing
    • Geometry

Language Arts: speaking and listening, reading exercises, writing exercises –

  • Vocabulary development
  • Public speaking – sharing stories
  • Sound-symbol association – sandpaper letters
    • Encoding – beginning, middle, and ending sounds, spelling
    • Decoding – reading short vowel words, long vowel words, blends, diagraphs, and special sounds
  • Writing – hand-eye coordination, holding a pencil, tracing metal insets, tracing letter shapes, drawing, writing one’s name, writing words
  • Elementary level language arts work
    • Grammar, mechanics, word study
    • Reading comprehension and reading various kinds of texts
    • Creative writing
    • Research projects

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Located at:

23581 Madero
Suite #108
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

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Tel (949) 770 1093
Fax (949) 770 1098

staff@missionviejomontessori.com