Preschool Director: Saima Rafiq
Phone Number: (714) 531-1991
Children are natural learners. They need only the right environment and the proper equipment to learn. At Orange Crescent Montessori Preschool, we are proud to offer them this service. It is our belief that early childhood should be a time for fun, warmth, security, exploration, and discovery.
Preschool children are creative and receptive, and our programs strive to nurture and encourage these qualities in our children. The Islamic values that are acquired at this tender age will remain with these children throughout their lives, God willing.
Planned within the framework of philosophy and purpose, the curriculum includes sharing and conversation time (stories, songs, and finger plays), creative art activities, exposure to shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. Children learn through their experiences in the areas of everyday living, sensorial education, language development, math, and the cultural areas of history, geography, music, and art. They are also taught basic Islamic knowledge and manners through stories, memorization of short verses of the Quran and small prayers, Islamic songs, and celebration of Islamic holidays.
We use the Montessori method and materials in our program adapted to our Islamic needs. This makes for a unique cycle of learning designed to take advantage of the child’s sensitive years between three and five where he/she can absorb information from an enriched environment. A child who acquires the basic skills of reading and math in the natural way without boredom or discouragement can gain an early enthusiasm for learning. Our classrooms use the child’s natural need for movement to guarantee balanced physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development. Children are free to move about the room at will, to talk quietly with other children, to work with the materials, and to develop positive self-esteem.
We are one of the most affordable Montessori programs available in Orange County.
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Highly Qualified Teachers
Our Director holds a degree in Early Childhood Education, Psychology, and Sociology and holds a California Director's Permit. All our teachers have earned Early Childhood Education units and have been trained in the Montessori method and also hold BA and MA degrees.
We are licensed by the State of California Department of Social Services (Facility #300605670)
We have the following programs available based on age and ability levels: Toddler Program, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten. We also have Extended Care until 6pm.
Toddler Program— 18 months to 3 years (Potty training available)
Preschool Program— 3 years to 4 years (Must be potty trained)
Pre-kindergarten Program— 4 to 5 years (Must be potty trained)
Hour and Day Options
Full Day (8:00 am—3:00 pm)
Half-day (8:00 am—12:00 pm)
Five days a week (Monday—Friday)
Three days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday)
Extended Care (7:30 am—8 am and 3:15 pm—6pm)
Our program begins at the end of August, and ends the second week of June.
Orange Crescent Montessori runs year round. The summer session will be an optional component, offered for those who would like to continue sending their children in summer. We will be following the same Montessori curriculum augmented with Arabic and Islamic instruction, and will include some extra outdoor activities for summer. Summer Camp is offered during the summer months, based on minimum enrollment.