Preschool in San Jose, CA 95118
5200 Dent Avenue
San Jose, CA 95118
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AppleSeed Almaden is a private preschool with a toddler program and after-school child care services serving the Almaden Valley Los Gatos Campbell and the greater San Jose areas. Our mission is to guide and support the development of the whole child socially emotionally intellectually and physically through the Montessori teaching method. We believe each child is like a little seed full of potential and in need of nourishment in a well-prepared environment. Our stimulating organized classrooms offer a wide variety of hands-on Montessori materials which children utilize independently individually and in small groups under the careful guidance of our well-prepared teachers.
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Our teaching method focuses on exercises that develop the childs ability to concentrate be self-disciplined self-motivated and appreciate order. Through these exercises and the ability to both work alone and in groups a love of exploration and learning are developed. Our goal is to help children to become well-rounded spontaneous and able to utilize their capabilities to the fullest through nurturing free play and focused learning.
We provide and promote the following ingredients for childrens successful learning experience:
In mixed-age classrooms younger children get the benefit of having older children role model mature behavior and accomplishments in a desirable and impressionable fashion. Older children have opportunities to develop their leadership skills develop patience and caring behaviors and reinforce their own knowledge by helping the younger ones. Those who are ready for more challenge have opportunities to work with peers who are developmentally similar and those who are not yet ready for the next level get their needs met without judgment or drawing undue attention. Our experience has shown that these mixed-age learning experiences help to develop joyful focused compassionate creative and curious individuals.
Materials are introduced to the children one-on-one or in small groups by the teacher; after that the child is welcome to work with the materials further on their own or with the teacher. The materials come with built-in error controls; for example when a knobbed cylinder does not fit in a hole the child easily perceives the error. Children are able to solve problems on their own building independence analytical thinking and the satisfaction that comes from true accomplishment. As the childs exploration continues the materials interrelate and build upon each other. Our affiliate AppleSeed Educational produces and distributes Montessori and other high-quality learning materials often inspired by things AppleSeed teachers have created over the years in order to facilitate childrens learning.
Our teachers are responsible for implementing our well-developed high-quality program. All of our teachers have some formal teacher preparation experiences in early childhood education and Montessori training and continue to receive professional development experiences during their employment with AppleSeed. Our teachers are very keen observers of the individual interests and needs of each child and they monitor and track the respective progress of each child as well as communicate with parents on a regular basis. They recognize signs of receptivity and readiness and prepare the environment accordingly to meet the childs needs. They serve as guides not as dictators of childrens learning.
We believe that children learn best via sensory-rich hands-on exploration of subject materials rather than through traditional schooling methods such as teacher lecturing and drilling and worksheets. Each classroom has a rich supply of learning materials for each area of the curriculum and they are neatly arranged on low open shelves so that children can access them independently. Teachers rotate some materials in and out as childrens needs and proficiencies change and introduce new items with new challenges. Our teachers are keen observers of the children and know when the time is right to encourage a child to take something further or to take more time with a particular subject or activity.
At AppleSeed Almaden Montessori School we believe that competition in education should be introduced only after the child has gained confidence in the use of basic skills. We believe that a child should never be allowed to risk failure until they have been given a reasonable chance of success. Each child relates only to their previous work and their progress is not compared to the achievement of other children or to artificial benchmarks. When children work in pairs or groups they learn to work together toward a common goal drawing on each others equally-valued contributions to achieve that goal.