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Hello, my name is Mara Smith. I have worked here at KLA for three years. I am Montessori primary 3-6 trained. I have an Associate of Arts Degree in Child Development, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and a California Multiple Subject Teacher Credential. I have had many experiences working with students in a variety of classroom settings, and a great love for and dedication to teaching. My primary concern is the development and growth of my students.


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Homework will be given each Monday and be due each Friday. (When Monday is a holiday homework will go home on Tuesday) Enjoy your holiday!

Sight Words

Sight words will be assigned every week. Six new words will be given each week. The first six words are: a, and, away, big, blue, down. 

What is Montessori?

Every teaching method sparks moments of learning. Then why is Montessori so different? The difference is the method itself. The mind of a child is like a sponge—absorbing everything, always at the ready to learn something new. The primary goal of Montessori education? To help children reach their full potential.

Imagine a school…

where education is viewed not just as a means to an end, but as an aid to life; where the method for learning comes not from a curriculum, but from the natural development of your child; a place where creativity, innovation, and individuality are valued as much as concentration, motivation, and persistence; where your child is not just a student, but also a teacher.