The Dandelions Montessori offers:
An in-home Montessori bilingual environment, carefully planned, including the use of Montessori materials, to allow children to explore practical life, sensory perception, reading and writing abilities, mathematical skills, geographical areas, and elements of botany and zoology.
Skilled and experienced in child observation, instruction and encouragement with the Montessori and Positive Discipline Philosophies.
A stimulating, constructive environment:
To encourage curiosity and develop building block skills and behaviors at this formative age.
Focused on physical discovery, social interaction, work time and explorative sessions rather than constant direct instruction. This gives your child the confidence and the materials to satisfy their curiosity and develop independent skills they will carry into the future.
Attention to practical skills:
In developmental stages like preschool and kindergarten, it is important for your child to learn physical, practical skills as much as they gain educational knowledge. Your child becomes independent and responsible with everyday tasks. A competent, confident child will excel in continuing education and life.
Development of social skills:
To build children understanding of the courtesy, manners and social graces they will need in the future.
Encouragement of creativity:
Discovery, imagination, curiosity and creativity are all crucial to children's development. Montessori approach encourages your children to explore, innovate and tap into the possibility of their potential.
Young children should not simply be taught — they should be challenged and stimulated in a manner unique to their learning style and age.
Encouragement of emotional expression:
To express and identify emotions to live healthy, communicative lives.
Enrolled families can get free Positive Discipline counseling and big discounts at Positive Discipline workshops. Positive Discipline provides experiential activities that reach the heart to inspire deeper understanding and change. Parents get specific help with real problem in a fun and effective way.
Children participate in school cooking activities. Parents bring a selection of ingredients on each Monday. Our mainly plant-based menus include a variety of vegetables and whole fruits. Grains, at least half of which are whole grains. Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, or soy beverages. A variety of vegetarian protein foods, such as eggs, legumes (beans and peas), nuts, seeds and soy products. Olive oil.
WHAT PARENTS SAY
Dandelions Montessori is such a wonderful and loving space for children! I am lucky enough to have my 6 and 4-year old daughters at this school, and I could go on-and-on about all of the amazing things about it. First and foremost, Natalia, the Owner/Educator, provides a loving and safe environment for kids to learn, explore, and grow independently. With her positive discipline and positive parenting education and background, I know that my children are being spoken to in a way that is kind, yet gives them the opportunity to absorb situations in a constructive and meaningful way. The Montessori method/program also focuses on independence, and our girls have thrived. The focus on learning activities in the morning has proven to give them confidence and independence, and they have learned a variety of language, math, and writing, not to mention they have picked up skills with sewing, music, and cooking. The children help Natalia prepare fresh lunches every day, which is almost entirely plant-based and extremely healthy. I wish I could get our girls to eat like that every day! They take two trips to the beach every week, which allows them to get exercise, appreciate the ocean, and explore our neighborhood without us (their parents), which has also has increased their confidence, independence, and sense for adventure! Our daughters are/were students during COVID, and Natalia has proven time-and-time again to be a calm, loving, and accommodating presence in our lives during a very challenging year. Again, I can't say enough about how magnificent Dandelions is! Brendan Nicholas
This is the best place for children and Natalia is great. She has magic inside her for children. My daughter loves her home school. Tanni Chakraborty
Natalia was my son's Primary teacher (i.e. 3-5 yo classroom) at a Montessori school in north county. When she left the school to start The Dandelions Montessori we were really sad. Then Covid happened and that school closed for a while, and we started taking my son to The Dandelions. What a god-send! My son went right back to his normal school routine, with the same materials and the teacher he loved so much. Natalia is an all-around wonderful educator. She is patient, organized, and nurtures the kids independence like no other. Make no mistake, The Dandelions is not some Montessori-style daycare. It's a proper school with a highly qualified and accredited teacher, that has all the proper setup and materials. My son has progressed so much in the last year it's mind-boggling. The attention he gets in this small setting is unmatched. The icing on the cake is the Positive Discipline aspect that works in tandem with the Montessori philosophy. It's good for the children, and good for the parents if you choose to attend Natalia's workshops. I can't recommend The Dandelions Montessori enough! Marc Grynberg
Mrs. Natalia is the best of all the preschool teachers I have met in my life. She gives children peace of mind and self-confidence. And these qualities are the most important thing that a child needs to have to begin to learn and study anything in this world. Mrs. Natalia has the ability to see and reveal the talent of a child. In addition, Mrs. Natalia can and is willing to teach parents methods of building long-term interactions with the child. By introducing those teachings into your life, you will be surprised how many daily routine problems will disappear and how your seemingly small children will take responsibility. Just be prepared not to lower yourself in the eyes of your children later. Anthony Smith
My daughter has really flourished with Natalia at Dandelions Montessori. She loves going for walks, painting, cooking, and playing with her friends. She comes home happy everyday and tells me about her fun adventures. I feel the school is a place for her to be free, to express herself more independently, and to learn in a hand-on way everyday. Kara Bialostozky
Natalia can work magic on kids. Since being with Natalia, we notice much lower temper tantrums at home. Totini has developed a lot of independence and focus. She can follow steps and breakdown any task into steps. And she loves learning! Rajat Shuvro Roy
Upcoming Tour (Group Visit)
Dec 11 - Dec 17
Tours are for parents only