A Montessori Preschool with Reggio Emilia and Waldorf Influences

At Little Acorn Montessori Preschool Your Child Will:

  • awaken the logical mind
  • strengthen the ability to imagine
  • build confidence
  • nourish creativity
  • strengthen the will
  • build character
  • develop physiologically

Activities your child will enjoy:

  • puppet shows
  • circle times 
  • gardening
  • sculpting with bees wax and clay
  • painting
  • learning to play and create with peers

Ms. Marzia offers a unique program that utilizes the best of Waldorf, Montessori, Reggio Emilia and NAEYC Best Practices. It is nestled in the hills of Rancho Bernardo in her safe and cozy home. She has a 5 year old daughter and a husband who works for the US Navy. Her dreams of finding the best practice out there for children led her down the road to learn and experience each school system available to find out for herself their strengths and their weaknesses. Along the way she discovered that each of these practices were very effective in supporting a critical facet of the child. When used together they supported the well-being of the whole child: supporting the creative, imaginative, practical and logical facets of the mind.

Reggio Emilia is the perfect approach in guiding the curriculum. Children’s interest become the vehicle in which lessons are delivered. This ensures greater child participation and interest. A child walking into the classroom pretending to be a fireman is going to want to help a friend who is hurt, write his name down, and measure how tall he is for the records. Montessori’s approach to teaching children to write, read, and count is always hands on and concrete, just the way a child needs it to be. Join the two together and you have a perfect delivery system! Waldorf is wonderful at helping children understand the importance of cultivating their virtues… being kind yet firm, patient, and forgiving. This ensures a happy and harmonious classroom where everyone is treated with respect.

Strengthening the ability to imagine is critical at this age and with Waldorf storytelling, the mind is given the opportunity to do just that! Add this to Reggio’s practice of creating what the child is interested in and you have a child practicing the important skills of not only envisioning what they want to create but having the strength to bring it into physical form. That is a powerful skill!

At the core of her philosophy is the importance of body movement which is so fundamental for the children’s neurological development. Learning through movement, music and imagination helps the child easily learn in such a way that both the brain and the body are connected in the learning process.

Little Acorn has a staff of four excellent teachers who all teach with love and enthusiasm. This provides a teacher/ student ratio of 1:4! Having so many teachers ensures that your child is engaged and having fun while learning! We strive for excellence! We want your child to have a strong foundation to build his or her life upon. 

We are currently outdoors and plan on being an indoor/ outdoor program for the Summer! This is excellent for keeping the children healthy and giving the children the space they need to express themselves! 

Is your child ready for school? Swing on by and come for a visit! We would love to share with you what we do on a tour!

Marzia Wood 

Current Hours of Operation 

8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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