Shady Oaks Montessori

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“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” – Dr. Maria Montessori

Age 2
Journey to Independence

Ages 3-6
A Love for Learning

Ages 6-12
Learning How to Think

“Our girls had only ever attended AMI-accredited Montessori schools in the Midwest before we moved to Redding five years ago.We were always highly satisfied with our experiences there, but Shady Oaks has blown our minds. Our girls are THRIVING. Their creativity, love of learning, belief in themselves, and interest and confidence in researching and problem-solving is off the charts. They are able to learn at their own pace, as well as teach others, and there’s no cap on their exploration and intermingling of subjects. We’re also recognizing that the shared values of this Montessori community are really preserving their innocence and, in a way, extending their childhood.”
– B.C. (Parent of an 8 and 10 year old)

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday 7:30am – 3:00pm

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Thomas Edison said of traditional education:
“The present system…insists the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and it lays more stress on memory than observation. The result of accepting unrelated facts is the fostering of conservatism in thinking. It breeds fear, and from fear comes ignorance.”

In contrast Edison noted Montessori education “makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being.”

“Education from Birth… for Life”

Aid to Life

Discover the Montessori difference where your child learns… independence and self-help skills, focus and concentration, care of the environment, making sense of the world, math, language, geography, botany, music, art, … and most importantly, where your child learns how to learn!

For more information about the Montessori method click on the links below.

Association Montessori International/USA

The Montessori Observer

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies but the period from birth to the age of six…” Dr. Maria Montessori

Toddler Program

  • 2 year olds
  • 12 to 16 children
  • 2 teachers
  • potty training

Primary Program

  • Multi-age class
  • 3,4, and 5 year olds
  • 20 to 24 children
  • 2 teachers

Toddler Morning (8:30-11:30) half day (8:30-1:00), full day (8:30-3), and extended day (7:30-5:30) schedules available for most programs with 4, or 5 day options.

Elementary Program

  • Multi-age class
  • 6 to 12 year olds
  • 18 to 24 children
  • 2 teachers
Full day (8:15-2:45) 5 days a week

Hours of Operation

7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Monday through Friday

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