The Montessori classroom contains works that allow students to learn at their own pace and interact with others in a natural and peaceful environment. The beauty and design of the Montessori materials captures the students’ interest and includes opportunities for individual, small and full group activities.
MONTESSORI FIRST STEPS
This program gives parents the opportunity to spend quality time with your very young child (birth – 30 months). Allow your young child the ability to explore an enriched Montessori classroom with the security of child’s parent/caregiver. You will also learn about various topics relating to child development and parenting. Enjoy the opportunity to observe your child interacting with age appropriate activities and peacefully playing with peers.
(Monday – Friday, from 8:30AM-11:30AM) All the works in the Toddler room are designed to draw the child in.
Practical life – provides an opportunity for the child to work with real tools. By selecting works that interest them such as scrubbing a table, arranging flowers or watering plants, children develop the ability to concentrate and see a task to completion. Each success increases their confidence.
Language – Descriptive language and songs are a staple of the Toddler classroom. The language area provides exposure to an environment rich with vocabulary, books, and social interactions with peers.
Sensorial – is designed for the Toddler to use their senses to explore texture, size, shape, color and is a precursor to math.
Motor skills – this area provides opportunity for movement and ranges from fitting a very simple puzzle together to forming shapes on a loom.
Art and music – allow each child to express themselves through a multitude of media. The focus is on the process of creation rather than the product.
CHILDREN'S HOUSE PROGRAM
(Monday – Friday, from 8:30AM-11:45AM) The Morning Class is the heart of the Montessori experience. The multi-age grouping of 2 1/2 to 6 year-olds creates a collaborative dimension in the classroom which focuses on the individual needs of each child within the supportive setting of the social group. Each child is unique with different interests, abilities, and needs. Children benefit most from consistent, daily attendance.
EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM
(Monday – Friday, Morning Class, then continuing from 11:45AM-2:30PM) Extended Day allows more time for individual and social development, continuing on from the morning class. At lunchtime the children contribute to the meal by setting the table and serving, thus growing in courtesy and proper etiquette. In addition to the challenges of the excellent Montessori hands-on activities, we offer a variety of additional experiences during the extended hours:
Art and Creative Expression
Language Arts, Dramatics and Story Time
(Monday – Friday from 7:00AM-5:30PM) Our childcare program offers our students additional experiences in in art, music, dramatic play, and gross motor activities. Full day and part – time flexible care are available.
“We discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.” – Maria Montessori