Category Archives: Dublin San Ramon Campus

Welcome to LAPMS New Year of Learning!

This year has certainly zoomed by, bringing us to the start of our academic new year!! September has already started! Summer went by in the blink of an eye bringing along with it loads of fun for our LAPM’s children.

We absolutely love it when parents are a part of their child’s journey with us at LAPMS. We are in awe of this thriving and active village that caters to our LAPM’s children.

Our goal at Learn and Play Montessori School is to provide a stimulating educational environment for our children in a safe environment and we promise to do our very best to achieve this goal.

We look forward to this journey together!!

Mother’s Day Breakfast

We want to honor our wonderful mothers and reflect on their importance in our lives!

We would like to invite our LAPMS-Dublin mothers to come and join our Mother’s Day Breakfast on Friday, May 12th at 8:00AM-10:00AM. Either grab one or two muffins, or take a quick bite before you go home or to work, or you may also enjoy a short breakfast-gathering with other mothers! Our school will be serving continental breakfast to celebrate Mother’s Day with us!

Please help yourself to the breakfast table by the activity room.

Pumpkin Patch & Halloween Parade

Procedure of the parade:

  1. The children will come out from their classroom on their scheduled time.
  2. The children will parade in a designated area in the parking lot.
  3. The children will get to pick/choose their own pumpkins.
  4. The children will be taken pictures in our photo booth corner.
  5. Teachers will accompany their children in going back to the classroom.

Before the Parade:

  • Children will wear costumes that have a positive theme. Example: Community Helpers costumes. No super-hero. Costumes that are offensive, scary, or depict violence and /or inappropriate images will not be allowed. Children may NOT bring toy weapons such as knives and swords. Masks are not allowed.

During the Parade:

  • Parents may watch or take pictures of their children on a designated area.
  • We will also take pictures of children with Facebook and photo consent, which will be posted in our Facebook.

After the Parade:

  • Inform your child’s teacher and check your child out from the front desk if you wish to take your child home after the event.
  • The children will be back to their regular schedule and children will decorate their pumpkins during art time.
  • The children may take home their Halloween special project and their decorated pumpkin at the end of the day.


Phone Line Down!

Please be informed that our phone lines are still down due to Comcast service technical issues.  Comcast has assured us that the issue will be resolved by this afternoon.

If you would like to contact our school for any reason, please feel free to email us until the technical issue is fixed.  We will be contacting you via email for any important updates until then.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding.

Have a wonderful day!

Asian Artifacts & Cultures

In the month of February, our children at LAPMS in Dublin learned about the continent of Asia. They focused on geography and its different cultures. They loved the various mountains, rivers, and lakes as well as deserts, grasslands, landscapes and its temperate forests. Learning Asian maps, flags and animals are their favorite time of the day.

On Friday, February 26th, our children brought their own artifacts, pictures and clothing from different countries in Asia. Each child had a chance to talk about what they brought during their show-and-tell. Everyone was excited and had a wonderful day of learning different things from their own Asian countries and cultures.

Asian Artifact

FACTS ABOUT ASIA: Asia is the largest continent, and has an endlessly varied landscapes and an interesting array of animals. Its densely populated cities are home to some of the world’s tallest buildings and largest shopping malls. There are many different cultures and religions in Asia, giving rise to a wide range of traditions, rituals, laws and beliefs.

3 Interesting Facts about Asia:

  • Asia is Home to 9 of the world’s 10 tallest buildings

One of the most astounding Asia facts is that 9 of the world’s 10 tallest buildings are located on this continent. The tallest building currently is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at an impressive 2,717 feet. This is closely followed by the Shanghai Tower at a no less imposing 2,073 feet. However, both these buildings will be dwarfed by another Asian skyscraper in 2019. The Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia is currently under construction. When it is complete, which it is projected to be by 2019, this tower will stand at a whopping 3,300 feet. That’s one kilometer high!

  • The Japanese are the second oldest people in the world

Of all the Asia facts about population, one of the most striking is that Japan has the second oldest          population in the world. The only other country with an older population is Monaco. The median age of the Japanese population is 44.6 years old. Incredibly, there are over 50,000 people living in Japan who are over 100 years old!

  • India produces 12 million tons of mangoes every year

India produces more mangoes every year than any other country in the world. The fact that it produces 12 million tons of mangoes every year is one of the most astonishing Asia facts, when you consider that mangoes are available for just three to four months of the year. There is a huge market in India for mango flavored drinks – so much so that people regard mangoes as a national obsession in India!

  • Asia Has the Most Varied Landscape

Although any continent has a great variety in its landscape, one of the indisputable Asia facts is that this continent can be said to have the greatest diversity of all. When you stop to consider it, it’s a remarkable fact that Asia is home to both the highest and lowest points on Earth. These points are Mount Everest at 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) and the Dead Sea at -997 feet (-395 meters), respectively.

Mindfulness Practices in Education: Montessori’s Approach

Excerpt article taken from
By Angeline S. Lillard, Published online: February 17, 2011

Mindfulness training has had salutary effects with adult populations and it is seen as a potentially helpful to children’s development. How to implement mindfulness practices with young children is not yet clear; some meditation practices, like sitting still for long periods with internally-self-regulated focused attention, seem developmentally inappropriate. Montessori schooling is a 100-year-old system that naturally incorporates practices that align with mindfulness and are suited to very young children. Here I describe how several aspects of Montessori education, including privileging concentrated attention, attending to sensory experience, and engaging in practical work, parallel mindfulness practices. These aspects might be responsible for some of the socio-emotional and executive function benefits that have been associated with Montessori education, and they could be adapted to conventional classroom methods.

One place to look for approaches to helping even younger children to be mindful is Montessori education. Montessori education includes many practices and values whose goals and structures are consistent with mindfulness (Hanh 1999; Kabat-Zinn 1990). Montessori education was initiated over 100 years ago by Maria Montessori, one of the first women physicians in Italy (Povell 2009). Dr. Montessori used materials stressing sensory discrimination to improve the cognitive achievements of children with mental retardation, which led to development of a full activity-based educational program for children from birth through age 12; development of the adolescent program was ongoing when she died in 1952. Although Montessori education has very positive impacts on school achievement(Dohrmann et al. 2007; Lillard and Else-Quest 2006), it is fundamentally aimed at the development of the whole person (Montessori 1932/1992). Its emphasis on deep concentration, integration of mind with body, practical work, and specific exercises like “The Silence” and “Walking on the Line” all echo mindfulness practices. These as well as other points of similarity in mindfulness and Montessori practices and values are discussed below, followed by a discussion of parallel outcomes.

Deep Concentration
Concentration is also highly valued in the Montessori classroom. Dr. Montessori believed concentration led to a psychologically healthy state she called “normalization”—a term she borrowed from Anthropology that essentially meant “being a contributing member of society” (Shaefer Zener 2006), but which also meant that children were constructive and kind in their behavior. Further, she believed that this state is the most important outcome of focused work (Montessori 1967). Dr. Montessori described the event that brought her to this realization: a child was so deeply engrossed in her work (placing ten graduated cylinders in their correct holes) that her chair was lifted up in the air, and the other children (at Dr. Montessori’s direction, as an experiment) danced and sang around her without breaking her concentration (Montessori 1912/1965). Once children have begun to concentrate on work, according to Dr. Montessori, they become “completely transformed …calmer, more intelligent, and more expansive,” bringing out “extraordinary spiritual qualities” (Montessori 1917/ 1965, p. 68). Children who have come to concentrate are said to behave better, no longer “prey to all their little naughtinesses” (Montessori 1989a, p. 16).

Grounding the Mind in Sensorimotor Experience Montessori education begins with grounding in sensory experience via motor movement. Three-year-old children learn to make fine distinctions between different smells, sounds, tastes, colors, textures, and so on, manually pairing those whose sensory qualities match. For example, primary (3- to 6-year-old children) classrooms contain sets of musical bells, eventually used to make music, but initially used to train the ear to distinguish sounds. The teacher will even set the various bells around the room, and the child needs to pair up the ones that match by moving around the classroom, playing each one, carefully attending to its sound and holding that sound in mind while moving to a different bell to play its sound. In addition to establishing sensorial focus, this exercises working memory (attention capacity). Montessori also has tasting and smelling exercises, where a child pairs objects that taste or smell the same, often while the child is blindfolded. Another Montessori activity that involves attention to sensory and motor
experience is “The Silence Game”. The teacher chimes a bell and the entire class falls silent and listens, with the aim of becoming fully aware of their surroundings. When the silence is broken, children can discuss what they experienced, in particular, what they heard. Dr. Montessori (1989a) noted that young children “love silence to an extraordinary degree”
(Montessori 1989a, p. 53; italics in original).
The attention to sensorimotor experience in Montessori education extends to the care Montessori children are asked to take in how they move in and interact with the environment. The Montessori curriculum includes “Lessons
of Grace and Courtesy,” in which one attends to one’s behaviors and their effects on others. Children are given lessons in how to walk carefully around the room, not stepping on others’ workspace, and how to carefully push in a chair so it is straight and even and not in others’ way. “Every exercise involving movement where mistakes can be corrected … is of great assistance to a child… Our children become agile and alert by learning how to walk around various objects without bumping into them” (Montessori 1966, p. 124–125).

The Practical Work of Life
An emphasis on finding meaning in everyday activities that sustain life is seen in Montessori education as well, where children from a very young age engage in the “Exercises of Practical Life” (Montessori 1989b). A budding toddler can carry his or her food to the table and clean the table after clearing dishes. In the primary classroom, young children become absorbed in scrubbing furniture, polishing shoes and brass, and arranging flowers. Specific organized steps are followed in carrying out each of these activities. The Montessori adolescent programs often include hard work on farms and nature preserves, as part of community service work. Dr. Montessori observed that, “There is a strict relationship between manual labor and deep concentration of the spirit” (Montessori 1956, p. 71).
Practical activities are fundamental in Montessori education, and children can engage in them and see their meaning from a very young age. The child needs “activity concentrated on some task that requires movement of the hands guided by the intellect” (Montessori 1966, p. 138). Learning to polish a shoe, for example, a child carries out a careful sequence of steps, knowing the goal—the shinier shoe that he or she will really wear—and
seeing how each step serves this eventual goal. When society is agriculture-based, probably many more of children’s daily activities have this clear connection between an action and a practical, cognized goal to which young children can relate, connecting body and mind. It is much more difficult for a young child watching an adult typing at a computer to grasp the practical end: the abstractions underlying journal publications, grant submissions, financial spreadsheets, or stock purchases are beyond their intellectual capacities. The activities of practical life in Montessori education are thought especially important, because they provide a functional (“important to my life today”) goal to which a child can relate and a series of bodily movements—guided by the mind and attentively engaged with—that the child can use to get there.

Mindfulness Practices in Education: Montessori’s Approach
By: Angeline S. Lillard
Excerpt Article
Published online: 17 February 2011
# Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011

Traditional Preschools vs. Montessori Schools: Which Should You Choose?

An excellent early childhood education is invaluable for children of all learning levels. It’s an important first step in developing skills and talents, work habits, socialization, and participation. Before enrolling a child in preschool, many parents seek to explore different educational methods to ensure their child’s future success in kindergarten and beyond. Most parents will look at either traditional teacher-centric preschools or a Montessori preschool. Understanding the similarities and differences between these two teaching methods is essential to figuring out which will be right for you and your child.

Traditional preschools are considered to be teacher-centric. The teacher is the focus of the classroom and students must listen to a lesson and then do it when they’re told. On the other hand, in a Montessori preschool, the child is the focus and teachers serve more as guides. Children set their own pace for learning and teachers work one on one with students, developing lessons based on their progress in the class. Children are also typically the same age in a traditional preschool and have no real interaction with children of other ages. They are expected to be on the same level developmentally, intellectually, and socially. Montessori preschools group children aged 3, 4, and 5 together so that older students may serve as role models for younger ones and share what they have learned. Children are allowed to learn and discover individually and only work in groups if they choose.

In both traditional preschools and Montessori schools, there are still rules and guidelines that all children must follow. While the majority of those rules in a traditional preschool will focus on doing tasks exactly as instructed, participating in a group setting, and completing work on time, a Montessori school will have rules about creating an active learning environment and focus more on relationships with other students, respecting each other, and self-constructive activities. While traditional preschools may have assigned seats for children, which they may not leave unless given permission to do so, Montessori schools allow children to freely mingle with each other while visiting the different learning areas set up for them.

If you are interested in giving your child a Montessori education, Learn and Play Montessori School (LPMS) provides an academic curriculum that encourages your child to learn with all five senses and be an independent thinker. We provide preschool, Pre-K, kindergarten, and after school programs for children in the San Francisco Bay Area. With five locations in Fremont and Dublin/San Ramon, there is sure to be a campus near you! Our accredited Montessori and early childhood education teachers are trained to provide the highest quality of support and guidance for your child. Contact us today by visiting us online at to find out more about the programs we offer and how we can contribute to the successful development of your child’s natural creativity!