school is a small, intimate, creative environment, ideal for young children
3 to 6 years of age. We offer a traditional Montessori program with
special emphasis on the arts, music, yoga, gardening, movement, outdoor informal play and
The school is in
session from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, five days a week, all year long. There is a full day program, a 3-day program, and a half-day program.
Montessori practical-life materials involve children in precise
purposeful movement, allowing them to concentrate, to work at their own pace
uninterrupted and to complete their work. Children have the satisfaction of
performing "real" activities: cooking, sweeping, washing, and polishing. The
tasks appeal to children because they are fun and they recognize them as having
importance in the community.
children discover, classify and order their world through their senses. Children
need well-developed faculties for concentration, observation and discrimination.
Through the Montessori sensorial materials, children educate their senses
by matching and sequentially ordering objects of different dimensions, shapes,
colors, sounds, smells, tastes, textures and temperatures.
AND FANTASY PLAY
Each day there
are special group times set aside for listening and the telling of stories,
for movement education and for musical activities. An entire section of the
classroom is devoted to art. The children may choose to express themselves
through many different mediums such as collage, painting, printing, drawing
and carpentry. Some of the children may choose to entertain themselves and
their friends with the puppet house. Still others may enjoy learning to
play guitar. The art and fantasy equipment
inspires children's imagination and aids in their development.
Our classroom opens
out onto a year round garden and fruit orchard, giving children the opportunity
to make their own joyful discoveries while playing and working in nature.
cycle of the Montessori primary class is completed in the kindergarten year.
Based upon the skills the children have gradually built up during the previous
two years, they now have an opportunity to maximize the development of self-esteem
and self-confidence. They learn important lessons about leadership by helping
the younger children. The exploration, concentration and self-discipline experienced
within the prepared environment of the Montessori classroom teaches independence
and prepares children for academic learning in the Kindergarten year in the
areas of math, reading, writing, botany, science, history, time, music, geology,
carpentry and fine arts. As a special preparation for first grade, the kindergartners
meet as a group each afternoon. They write books and explore the peoples,
animals, and plants of the world.
Please call or email to schedule an observation and to request an application.
A limited number of Sparrow Creek School
Scholarships are available for low income families.
Creek School is a non-profit public benefit corporationestablished to serve the children
of Marin County. It
is operated on a non-discriminatory basis according equal treatment
and access to services without regard to race, color, sex, religion
and national or ethnic origin.