For Children Aged 3-6 Years

The Shadowridge Montessori School’s Primary & Kindergarten program is based on the philosophy of Maria Montessori, who believed that children are naturally curious and eager to learn. The bilingual educational program provides a child-centered environment where children can explore and learn at their own pace and in their own way, develop independence, self-confidence, a sense of self-worth, strong social and emotional skills, a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.

The Montessori philosophy is based on the belief that children are naturally curious and eager to learn. The Primary & Kindergarten program is designed to provide a child-centered and real-world environment where children can explore and learn at their own pace. It helps children develop their full potential in all areas of their lives and has been shown to be effective in helping children develop into confident, independent learners.

This program is designed for children aged 3 - 6 years old and is divided into the following areas of study:

  • Practical Life activities help children develop fine motor skills, coordination, and independence. These activities include tasks such as pouring water, setting the table, and tying shoes.
  • Sensorial activities help children develop their senses of sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste. These activities include using materials such as sandpaper, prisms, and bells.
  • Language activities help children develop their reading, writing, and speaking skills. These activities include working with sandpaper letters, writing in journals, and listening to stories. Our guides also speak both English and Spanish languages throughout the day, which exposes children to both languages and helps them to learn naturally.
  • Math activities help children develop their understanding of numbers, shapes, and patterns. These activities include working with manipulatives such as blocks and beads, solving math problems, and playing math games.
  • Music, art, and movement activities help children develop their creativity, imagination, and physical skills.

This program is a challenging and rewarding experience for children and provides a foundation for lifelong learning while preparing children for success in school and life. 

Here are a few key aspects of the Montessori Primary & Kindergarten program:

Language Development

Bilingual education transitions seamlessly from the toddler program to the primary environment. Children begin learning the basics of both English and Spanish in the toddler program as our guides speak both languages throughout the day, promoting cultural understanding and linguistic versatility. This bilingual component adds a rich dimension to their learning journey.

By continuing to learn both English and Spanish throughout their early childhood education, children are well-prepared to succeed in a globalized world. They will have a strong foundation in language and a deep understanding of different cultures. This will give them a competitive advantage in the workforce and a lifelong appreciation for diversity.

Hands-On Learning

Children learn best by doing and are provided with a variety of hands-on activities that allow them to explore and learn through their senses. In a Montessori classroom, children show increased engagement when they are actively involved in the process, have an improved understanding of concepts when they can see, touch, and feel them, longer-lasting memories because hands-on learning helps children to create strong neural pathways in their brains, increased creativity and problem-solving skills since they are given the opportunity to explore and experiment and increased self-confidence since they only move onto a new task after completing each task.


Children are encouraged to be independent learners and to take responsibility for their own learning. This is done by providing them with a variety of hands-on activities that allow them to explore and learn through their senses. They are also given the freedom to move around the classroom and choose their own activities. They are given choices, responsibility and freedom within limits. This helps them to develop their own interests and to learn at their own pace.

Social-Emotional Development

When children learn how to cooperate, share, and resolve conflict, they develop the skills they need to be successful in school and life. Children learn empathy, compassion and respect and are given opportunities to interact with each other.

Peer Learning

A three-year-old may not be as ready for a specific lesson as a five or six-year-old so teachers pair the younger child with the older child to help with understanding and assimilation. In this way, younger children emulate older children while observing them and in turn, become confident and capable of taking on new tasks.


Respecting oneself, others and the environment helps children to feel good about themselves. Montessori children are taught to respect themselves, others, and the environment; taught to value their own thoughts, feelings, and abilities; encouraged to speak up for themselves and to set boundaries, and to value the thoughts, feelings, and abilities of others. Through the lessons taught, they become kind, helpful, and considerate and choose to take care of the environment and make choices that are sustainable.

The Whole Child

In a Montessori environment, children develop their full potential in all areas of their lives, including academics, social-emotional, and physical development. This holistic approach to education helps children develop their full potential in all areas of their lives.

Parent Involvement and Support

In order for children to excel in a Montessori program, they will need support from home. There are many opportunities for parents and guardians to observe their child's progress, participate in classroom activities to learn how to support their Montessori child as well as communicate regularly with their child’s guide/teacher. Other involvement includes creating a Montessori-inspired home environment and fostering independence and self-discipline at home to further reinforce what children learn at school.

 Primary & Kindergarten Program*

(3 - 6 years)

Full Day Program month*

7:00AM to 6:00PM


5 days $1440

3 days $1150

2 days $940

Half Day Program month*

9:00AM to 12:30PM


5 days $1060

3 days $850

2 days $660

*Monthly tuition is due and payable in advance on the 25th of the month for the following month. Tuition is considered late and subject to a $25 late fee if not paid in full by the 1st of the month.


Drop in Day

Drop-in days must be arranged in advance, are based on availability, and here are the fees:

  • Full Day $75
  • Half Day day $55

Other Fees

  • $200 One-time non-refundable Registration Fee is due upon enrollment.
  • $200 Yearly Materials Fee is due every August.

Plan A

Monthly Installments – These payments are the same amount each month regardless of the length of each month and are non-refundable.

Plan B

Yearly – Single payment of complete school year less 5%.

Shadowridge Montessori School is a private Montessori preschool through Kindergarten for children ages 3 - 6 years old located in the heart of Shadowridge, California (92081) in San Diego County. Surrounding cities are Vista (92081, 92083, 92084), Carlsbad (92008), San Marcos (92078 and 92069), Escondido (92083), Bonsall and Fallbrook (92084) and Oceanside (92056) communities.

If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding child-centered educational program that will help your child develop into a confident, independent learner, enroll them in the Shadowridge Montessori Primary and Kindergarten program and watch them excel in life.

Shadowridge Montessori School has a non-discriminatory policy relative to gender, race, color, and national origin with respect to the admission of students and the employment of faculty and administrative staff.