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What would your child’s day in our Montessori toddler or preschool classrooms look like? What activities would he be engaged in? What would he learn? Click on any of the photos below to discover the many engaging activities and experiences children have every day at our school. Each photo has a short description of the activity, and an explanation of why it matters to your child!

Our toddlers and preschool students love this new, natural playground. The tree stumps invite hopping and jumping off; the tunnel is great for chasing friends through, and the climbing structure is high enough to pose a challenge even for three- and four-year-old preschoolers.
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Our toddlers and preschool students love this new, natural playground. The tree stumps invite hopping and jumping off; the tunnel is great for chasing friends through, and the climbing structure is high enough to pose a challenge even for three- and four-year-old preschoolers.
In our preschool program, children learn to write using hands-on materials. Here, a young girl has been tracing the Montessori Sandpaper Letters, and is now "writing" letters in a tray full of sand.
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In our preschool program, children learn to write using hands-on materials. Here, a young girl has been tracing the Montessori Sandpaper Letters, and is now "writing" letters in a tray full of sand.
The Palos Verdes campus preschool rooms feature a full range of high-quality Montessori materials--materials that are different than the toys you find in your home or other preschools.
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The Palos Verdes campus preschool rooms feature a full range of high-quality Montessori materials--materials that are different than the toys you find in your home or other preschools.
 
The natural playground area is wonderful for fostering active, social play!
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The natural playground area is wonderful for fostering active, social play!
The infants at our Montessori campus near Torrance and Palos Verdes enjoy much active motor play, stimulated by many engaging activities.
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The infants at our Montessori campus near Torrance and Palos Verdes enjoy much active motor play, stimulated by many engaging activities.
Our preschool students at the Palos Verdes campus love their natural play structure. Not only is it great for motor skill development, it's also wonderful for all kinds of imaginative play!
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Our preschool students at the Palos Verdes campus love their natural play structure. Not only is it great for motor skill development, it's also wonderful for all kinds of imaginative play!
 
After the renovations, our school looks brand-new. It's ready for your child: give us a call to see for yourself!
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After the renovations, our school looks brand-new. It's ready for your child: give us a call to see for yourself!
Outside planter boxes enable preschool children to garden, and to learn much about flowers, herbs and vegetables.
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Outside planter boxes enable preschool children to garden, and to learn much about flowers, herbs and vegetables.
Our Montessori-trained toddler teachers engage your child one-on-one. Here, a young boy is enjoying a language lesson on the names of farm animals.
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Our Montessori-trained toddler teachers engage your child one-on-one. Here, a young boy is enjoying a language lesson on the names of farm animals.
 
Children in Montessori preschool can always choose to work alone, or with a chosen playmate. These boys are working together with the Binomial Cube, a puzzle that concretizes the mathematical formula (a+b)^2.
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Children in Montessori preschool can always choose to work alone, or with a chosen playmate. These boys are working together with the Binomial Cube, a puzzle that concretizes the mathematical formula (a+b)^2.
Music is integrated into the Montessori preschool day. This girl is working with the Montessori Bells, matching them by ear to a set that she previously placed somewhere else in her preschool classroom.
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Music is integrated into the Montessori preschool day. This girl is working with the Montessori Bells, matching them by ear to a set that she previously placed somewhere else in her preschool classroom.
The children just love exploring the natural play area!
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The children just love exploring the natural play area!
 
Here, our Montessori preschool teacher gives a lesson in counting, using the Montessori number rods. Most instruction is individualized and one-on-one, allowing each child to progress at his own pace.
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Here, our Montessori preschool teacher gives a lesson in counting, using the Montessori number rods. Most instruction is individualized and one-on-one, allowing each child to progress at his own pace.
Montessori is all about fostering independence. This beautiful snack hutch presents all the materials our toddlers need to set up their own snack: place mats showing where dishes go, napkins, plates, glasses and, of course, snack food. Notice that there are also clean-up materials to complete the snack cycle!
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Montessori is all about fostering independence. This beautiful snack hutch presents all the materials our toddlers need to set up their own snack: place mats showing where dishes go, napkins, plates, glasses and, of course, snack food. Notice that there are also clean-up materials to complete the snack cycle!
Our toddlers love being able to take care of the plants in their garden area. Watering is a regular favorite activity.
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Our toddlers love being able to take care of the plants in their garden area. Watering is a regular favorite activity.
 
This Palos Verdes preschool girl is enjoying her snack. It's so much more fun when you are a part of the process, and not just being served by adults!
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This Palos Verdes preschool girl is enjoying her snack. It's so much more fun when you are a part of the process, and not just being served by adults!
Lunch in our preschool classroom is a fun, social time for the children!
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Lunch in our preschool classroom is a fun, social time for the children!
In our Montessori toddler rooms, the children learn to set their own table for snack. Beautiful materials, like these home-made place mats that show where all the utensils go, give every meal a festive touch.
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In our Montessori toddler rooms, the children learn to set their own table for snack. Beautiful materials, like these home-made place mats that show where all the utensils go, give every meal a festive touch.
 
With our new planter boxes, our toddlers and preschoolers will have the opportunity to grow their own plants, from herbs to flowers and vegetables, at the new Montessori preschool near Torrance, San Pedro and Palos Verdes.
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With our new planter boxes, our toddlers and preschoolers will have the opportunity to grow their own plants, from herbs to flowers and vegetables, at the new Montessori preschool near Torrance, San Pedro and Palos Verdes.
Children in Montessori learn many independence skills. here, a three-year-old boy is taking care of a plant, carefully cutting away dead leaves, and watering it.
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Children in Montessori learn many independence skills. here, a three-year-old boy is taking care of a plant, carefully cutting away dead leaves, and watering it.
In our infant room, children have free access to a selection of books. They love to "read" on their own, and, of course, their Montessori teachers also read to them regularly.
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In our infant room, children have free access to a selection of books. They love to "read" on their own, and, of course, their Montessori teachers also read to them regularly.
 
Our infants enjoy playing with their Montessori toys. Tummy time is fun, when it is this engaging!
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Our infants enjoy playing with their Montessori toys. Tummy time is fun, when it is this engaging!
The "Nido", as we call our Montessori infant house, is a spacious, bright place, with lots of activities that encourage gross motor play: a stair to climb, a slide to slide down, a tunnel to crawl through.
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The "Nido", as we call our Montessori infant house, is a spacious, bright place, with lots of activities that encourage gross motor play: a stair to climb, a slide to slide down, a tunnel to crawl through.
Our preschoolers love running around and being active in the natural play area. Logs, leaves, grass all engage them and ensure they will not suffer from "nature deficit disorder."
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Our preschoolers love running around and being active in the natural play area. Logs, leaves, grass all engage them and ensure they will not suffer from "nature deficit disorder."
 
The log stumps in the natural playground invite children to climb and jump.
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The log stumps in the natural playground invite children to climb and jump.
The Montessori preschool room at our Palos Verdes area campus is a beautiful space, with many unique learning activities.
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The Montessori preschool room at our Palos Verdes area campus is a beautiful space, with many unique learning activities.
Fathers, mothers, nannies, grandparents: all are welcome with the children at our Parent & Child Montessori program.
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Fathers, mothers, nannies, grandparents: all are welcome with the children at our Parent & Child Montessori program.
 
Montessori preschool children receive frequent, individual lessons from their teachers. Here, a preschool boy at our Palos Verdes campus receives a lesson on how to carefully pour water.
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Montessori preschool children receive frequent, individual lessons from their teachers. Here, a preschool boy at our Palos Verdes campus receives a lesson on how to carefully pour water.
Montessori Practical Life activities help children learn many skills. By polishing this wooden bowl, this boy is learning to manage a multi-step process involving many materials. He's working on fine motor skills. He's extending his attention span. And, of course, he's having fun!
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Montessori Practical Life activities help children learn many skills. By polishing this wooden bowl, this boy is learning to manage a multi-step process involving many materials. He's working on fine motor skills. He's extending his attention span. And, of course, he's having fun!
In the Montessori toddler rooms, we display many enticing activities on low, accessible shelfs. Each activity has its own place. This supports the toddlers' natural sense of order, and enables them to be independent in their classroom.
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In the Montessori toddler rooms, we display many enticing activities on low, accessible shelfs. Each activity has its own place. This supports the toddlers' natural sense of order, and enables them to be independent in their classroom.
 
Instead of high chairs, which make children dependent on adults, our infants take their meals at a low "weaning table." We set it beautifully, with place mats and real dishes. They just love it!
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Instead of high chairs, which make children dependent on adults, our infants take their meals at a low "weaning table." We set it beautifully, with place mats and real dishes. They just love it!
This Montessori polishing activity is a a great multi-step process that helps preschool children to extend their concentration span, in addition to teaching practical skills.
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This Montessori polishing activity is a a great multi-step process that helps preschool children to extend their concentration span, in addition to teaching practical skills.
Our toddlers love being able to successfully accomplish grown-up tasks. Our trained Montessori teachers excel at breaking complex tasks, like pouring water, down into simple component steps that little people can master.
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Our toddlers love being able to successfully accomplish grown-up tasks. Our trained Montessori teachers excel at breaking complex tasks, like pouring water, down into simple component steps that little people can master.
 
 
Clean-up is an integral part of the work cycle in the Montessori preschool classrooms. At our Palos Verdes preschool, children enjoy cleaning up using high-quality, child-sized tools.
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Clean-up is an integral part of the work cycle in the Montessori preschool classrooms. At our Palos Verdes preschool, children enjoy cleaning up using high-quality, child-sized tools.
We are proud of our newly-renovated preschool campus!
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We are proud of our newly-renovated preschool campus!
 
This station in our toddler rooms enables children to wash their own dishes. (We afterwards santize them in a dishwasher, of course.)
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This station in our toddler rooms enables children to wash their own dishes. (We afterwards santize them in a dishwasher, of course.)
 
The short logs are great for stepping along, and the children love to use them for imaginative play, too. This natural play area is quite different from the commercial playgrounds children play on all the time, and it's another great benefit of enrolling at our school.
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The short logs are great for stepping along, and the children love to use them for imaginative play, too. This natural play area is quite different from the commercial playgrounds children play on all the time, and it's another great benefit of enrolling at our school.
The Montessori preschool classrooms are beautiful, bright spaces. A full range of Montessori materials is accessible to students on low, high-quality wooden shelves.
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The Montessori preschool classrooms are beautiful, bright spaces. A full range of Montessori materials is accessible to students on low, high-quality wooden shelves.
 
Toddlers in our Montessori school love being able to choose their own activities. That's why we give them long, uninterrupted periods for child-led exploration, instead of making them conform to tight, adult-led schedules.
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Toddlers in our Montessori school love being able to choose their own activities. That's why we give them long, uninterrupted periods for child-led exploration, instead of making them conform to tight, adult-led schedules.
Our Montessori toddler program includes toilet learning. Each of our two toddler rooms has two little toilets integrated into the room.
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Our Montessori toddler program includes toilet learning. Each of our two toddler rooms has two little toilets integrated into the room.
 
The Montessori preschool curriculum is rich in content. Here, a preschooler at the Palos Verdes campus is working on a puzzle map of Africa. During her three years in the preschool room, she'll make her own maps of all the continents, learning more geography than many children in elementary school know.
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The Montessori preschool curriculum is rich in content. Here, a preschooler at the Palos Verdes campus is working on a puzzle map of Africa. During her three years in the preschool room, she'll make her own maps of all the continents, learning more geography than many children in elementary school know.
 
Our preschool playground features a large grassy area, planter boxes for the children to garden in, a tricycle path, a playstructure with swings and a huge sandbox area.
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Our preschool playground features a large grassy area, planter boxes for the children to garden in, a tricycle path, a playstructure with swings and a huge sandbox area.
Our teachers love being with their students: they always have smiles and cuddles for them.
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Our teachers love being with their students: they always have smiles and cuddles for them.
 
Welcome to the LePort Palos Verdes campus office!
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Welcome to the LePort Palos Verdes campus office!
 
A big focus of the toddler area is skills for independence. Materials, such as these dressing frames, help children learn to dress themselves, from fastening clothing to sorting it for laundry.
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A big focus of the toddler area is skills for independence. Materials, such as these dressing frames, help children learn to dress themselves, from fastening clothing to sorting it for laundry.
Our "Nido" classrooms invite babies to follow their own rhythm. They eat, pursue activities, and sleep based on their unique needs.
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Our "Nido" classrooms invite babies to follow their own rhythm. They eat, pursue activities, and sleep based on their unique needs.
 
Our toddlers enjoy playing with sandtoys in the new, large, clean sandbox we built for them.
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Our toddlers enjoy playing with sandtoys in the new, large, clean sandbox we built for them.
The Montessori math curriculum alone is worth the investment in a Montessori preschool education! These shelves hold the keys to your child's love of math. For example, the bead chains on the left help preschoolers to skip count, and to understand the meaning of "square" and "cube" numbers.
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The Montessori math curriculum alone is worth the investment in a Montessori preschool education! These shelves hold the keys to your child's love of math. For example, the bead chains on the left help preschoolers to skip count, and to understand the meaning of "square" and "cube" numbers.
In our preschool classrooms, children are able to serve themselves snacks whenever they are hungry during the morning.
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In our preschool classrooms, children are able to serve themselves snacks whenever they are hungry during the morning.
 
 
In the "Nido", our Montessori infant area, everything is within reach of the youngest children. This pull-up bar lets children pull up to standing. They love looking into the mirror!
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In the "Nido", our Montessori infant area, everything is within reach of the youngest children. This pull-up bar lets children pull up to standing. They love looking into the mirror!
 
Thanks to the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, we now have a flag we fly above the VFW memorial on our school grounds.
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Thanks to the local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, we now have a flag we fly above the VFW memorial on our school grounds.
 
The preschool classroom is a bright, airy space, with windows all around it for lots of natural light.
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The preschool classroom is a bright, airy space, with windows all around it for lots of natural light.
 
This balance log is a favorite activity in our new, natural play area. The children love to climb, balance or just sit on it.
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This balance log is a favorite activity in our new, natural play area. The children love to climb, balance or just sit on it.
 
 
Montessori preschool classrooms display materials beautifully, such as this handwashing activity.
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Montessori preschool classrooms display materials beautifully, such as this handwashing activity.
All of our classrooms have kitchen areas at child height. Children love to be able to get their own water, to wash hands, and generally act independently.
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All of our classrooms have kitchen areas at child height. Children love to be able to get their own water, to wash hands, and generally act independently.
 
Our infant house has a full kitchen, where our staff can keep your baby's food in the refridgerators, and heat it up for your child. We also welcome you to bring expressed breastmilk.
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Our infant house has a full kitchen, where our staff can keep your baby's food in the refridgerators, and heat it up for your child. We also welcome you to bring expressed breastmilk.
 
At our Parent & Child program for toddlers, children get to explore the Montessori toddler environment with their parents. It's a great way to try out Montessori for your family.
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At our Parent & Child program for toddlers, children get to explore the Montessori toddler environment with their parents. It's a great way to try out Montessori for your family.
Toddlers love to do adult tasks, such as pouring water. And, with our careful, slowed-down instructions, they can do so succesfully!
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Toddlers love to do adult tasks, such as pouring water. And, with our careful, slowed-down instructions, they can do so succesfully!