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1748 South Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025
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  • Preschool Hours:
    Half Day: 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Full Day: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Extended Daycare Hours:
    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
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About Us

Director Wendy Lewis

First-time visitors to our PreSchool campus are invariably impressed with the excitement, self-discipline and self-sufficiency of even the youngest child. Using didactic learning materials designed by Dr. Montessori to be responsive to a wide range of interests and skills, children are encouraged to explore a world of ideas, information, and creativity. The Montessori curriculum stresses an interdisciplinary approach to all learning. Students discover a natural excitement for new concepts and ideas within an atmosphere of grace, courtesy and mutual respect.

Supported by one-on-one guidance from their teachers, students work both independently and in small groups with other children. By providing an environment that specifically addresses each child's individual needs, students at MCS enjoy an educational experience that enhances self-esteem, fosters the social skills to solve problems and build friendships, and support the ever-increasing curiosity about the world in which they live.

At the Montessori Children’s School we have the unique opportunity to provide young children with hands-on learning experiences that create excitement, enrichment and unending discovery. I invite you to further explore MCS and all that it has to offer by attending an Open House, or by applying to one of our many programs.


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Our school environment is dedicated to nurturing a child's inherent curiosity by enabling children to explore and discover. Our classrooms and materials are designed to stimulate the child's senses as well as to respond to the pre-school child's need for order within the world. In our carefully prepared environments children work independently, of their own initiative, developing concentration and self-discipline.


The Spoken Word to the written word - The language curriculum progresses from oral language activities and pre-reading work to writing and ultimately to reading comprehension. The aims of the oral language activities include the development of listening skills, comprehension and vocabulary as well as the ability to express oneself with confidence. The materials for written language introduce the child to the letters of the alphabet and their sounds. The child then goes on to compose words and sentences using the moveable alphabet. All aspects of language development are occurring simultaneously and it is the teacher's role to observe readiness for each new lesson.


Journeying from the Concrete to the Abstract - Lessons presented in the practical life and sensorial curriculum lay the groundwork for the child to begin to explore the world of math. The concrete math materials enable the naturally mathematical mind of the preschool child to journey from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation and experimentation. Children first explore the concept of quantity or "how many". The Montessori materials build on each other in a natural progression, encouraging the child to explore and discover. From there the child moves on to using symbols or written quantities and then begins to combine quantities for the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Practical Life

The Skills of Daily Living - The practical life area of the curriculum is the bridge for young children between home and school. Practical life activities allow the young child to perform adult activities. The aims of the practical life materials are independence, a sense of order, concentration and coordination. Practical life lessons include care of the person (buttoning, zipping, tying); care of the environment (cleaning, polishing, food preparation); small and gross motor development (pouring, cutting, balancing); and social development (interpersonal skills, grace and courtesy, speaking, participating in a group).


Exploring the World through the Five Senses - Dr. Maria Montessori identified the period from 2-6 years as the age of the "absorbent mind". Children come to know and understand the world they live in through their five senses. The Montessori sensorial materials, such as the pink tower, geometric solids, sound cylinders and color tablets help a child to understand and internalize the concepts of size, shape, color, taste, touch and sound. These materials build the foundation for developing skills in the areas of music, mathematics and language.

Cultural and Science

Geography and the sciences make up the cultural component of the preschool program. The geography curriculum introduces the concepts of land and water forms, the study of cultures and customs, and the understanding of fundamental human needs through exploration of the seven continents. The science curriculum is aimed at developing an awareness of science concepts through discovery and experimentation.

Montessori Summer Camp

The summer months bring a change of weather, schedule, pace and activities. Children are invited to participate in our part time or full time summer program. The MCS Summer program follows the same daily schedule as the one followed during the academic year with a greater emphasis on cultural studies and physical development.

During the summer the children spend more time enjoying outdoor activities, music and movement sports and arts and craft projects.

The Montessori Summer Program places an emphasis on cultural and language lessons, including individual and group lessons.

Our staff conducts all summer classes. The program is based around a theme, such as the study of a specific continent, and all lessons and activities grow from that common theme.