Olive Branch School Core Beliefs to help foster Respect. Responsibility. Resourcefulness.
- We believe that all children are unique.
- We support the philosophy that all children develop at their own rate.
- We provide a rich, nourishing environment so children may reach their full potential.
- We practice respect for children, their ideas and their differences.
- We uphold children’s dignity and safety at all times.
- We regard the work of Maria Montessori as a full system for education, social change and peace.
- We strive to be eco-friendly with vegan meals, green cleaning products and recycling/composting
- We guide children towards independence.
Inspiring compassionate life long learners and passionate innovators.
Building a community hub that all families can rely on for quality education, resources and support about child development and early childhood education.
We provide authentic Montessori school education and Optional Summer Programming, in a certified family child care home setting and offer vegan (non-gmo, almost all organic) meals, use non-toxic supplies and recycle/compost. We offer extracurricular programming in our adjacent play studio, walking trips and opportunities for hands on experiences with nature.
To facilitate learning and consistency for children and staff, all children attend our program Monday-Friday. Families may choose from 1/2 day 8:30am-12:30pm, or full day 8:30am-3:30pm attendance. Our operation hours are 7:30-5:30 for cases of family crisis or emergency.
To further assist us in offering quality programming to your child we employ ongoing screening using the ASQ3 (Ages and Stages Questionnaire) to guide our lessons and referrals. We do not use any screen media as part of our curriculum .We support the idea that developing minds need three dimensional, concrete sensory experiences with the world around them.
We believe in nurturing compassion, and in this pursuit we have two small dogs, Sophie and Marshall who make appearances in the classroom occasionally. Both dogs are checked annually and receive all required vaccinations.
All lead guides are trained and hold AMI diplomas, current certification in infant/child CPR and first aid, current Oregon food handler certification, two hours of training in child abuse and neglect issues, have completed registry in the Oregon Central Background Registry and have attained at least Step 8 in the Step Registry. Our teachers also complete at least 25 hours of ongoing training in early childhood development and education per year.
All assistants are qualified to work with children and work under direct supervision of the lead guide. They have current infant/child CPR & first aid training, two hours of training in child abuse and neglect issues, current Oregon food handler certification, have completed registry in the Oregon Central Background Registry and attend at least 15 hours of ongoing training in early childhood education and development per year.
Read about our Lead Guide.
Sample Schedule of Daily Activity
- 8:30-8:45 am Drop off
- 8:45- 9:00 am Peer conversations, hand-washing, choosing work
- 9:00– 11:30 am 1st work cycle: individual lessons, group presentations
- 11:30- 12:00 pm Group outdoor time, trips to park or neighborhood walks
- 12:00- 12:30* pm Lunch *1/2 day pick up
- 12:30- 2:45 pm Children are provided the opportunity to nap
- 12:30-3:30 pm 2nd work cycle for children who do not nap
- AM Snack: 8:30-11:00 am
- Lunch 12:00-12:30 pm
- PM Snack 1:30-3:30 pm
Water is always available. Seasonal menus are posted on our blog and on the bulletin board.