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Bilingual Montessori preschool opens in Roseville

Occupies space vacated by Merryhill Preschool on Baseline Road
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Tomorrow Bilingual Montessori Preschool

What: Preschool serving children ages 8 months to kindergarten age. $100 registration fee waived through April 30.

Hours: Open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday

Where: 1370 Baseline Road, Roseville

Info: Call (916) 780-0230

 

It didn’t take long for the empty campus on Baseline Road in Roseville to become occupied, following the relocation of the Merryhill Preschool formerly in that location.

The Merryhill school ceased operating at that site on March 15, a change made when the tenant and landlord couldn’t come to an agreement on the lease. In that spot now is the Tomorrow Bilingual Montessori Preschool.

The preschool officially opened April 16, but is still actively enrolling students, said Director Loretta Benson, who’s hoping the school’s bilingual program will stimulate interest.

The preschool is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, year-round, and is accepting students daily. Children can attend full-time, half-time or a couple days a week, and prices for enrollment vary. Interested parents must fill out an enrollment packet at the school, located at 1370 Baseline Road.

Benson said her Montessori school offers unique programming, such as a Mandarin Chinese language class for students ages 3 to 5. The preschool accepts kids 8 months old to kindergarten age.

“I’m going to introduce characters and numbers, and the students will compare them with English,” said teacher Min Tan, who incorporates fruit, music and other games into her lessons to engage students.

Teacher Dorina Radu speaks Romanian and German, and school staff — there are currently six teachers — plans to revisit what languages are offered on an ongoing basis. Mandarin Chinese will be taught at least until September. They will also consider adding French or Spanish.

“One (mom) came here and she spoke different languages and she was able to converse with our teachers, so she was really impressed,” Benson said. “We’re going to be doing more of that. We’re not a daycare. We’re a total learning environment.”

In addition to language classes, students also get exposure to art, sign language, music, gardening, science and the overall Montessori philosophy, which involves self-directed activities to appeal to the various interests of children.