8 WEEKS – 24 MONTHS
Each of our infant rooms welcomes children as young as 8 weeks of age. Our prepared environments have developmentally appropriate material and activities that support the child through each stage of infant growth. Because we “follow the child,” we provide a variety of environments where infants can explore based on their curiosity and mobility, not just their age. The age range for our infant program is from 8 weeks to 24 months. After the age of 18 months a child may begin his transition to the toddler program. Move-up ages may vary by several months. Please note that space availability is also a factor.
The beginner preschool program at our Montessori school provides continuation in the care of children from infancy through toddlerhood. This program combines the social interaction of the infant room with the development of sensory skills.
Our loving staff provide our toddlers with a nurturing environment ensuring their proper growth and development. Each day the toddlers are provided with opportunities to stimulate their development. We provide activities in the areas of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and creative growth. The children spend time each day engaged activities that are specially designed for the Montessori Method.
3 – 6 YEARS OLD
A consistent, three-year mixed-age community: Ages 3-6, including kindergarten, in one classroom, staying with the same teaching team for three years (vs. narrow age-groupings with annual teacher changes from the threes to the fours, and so on) early childhood is the most important time for exploration and discovery. The mental development of a child is at its most critical stage from birth through age six. At this stage a child’s mind can be described as a sponge absorbing knowledge from their environment and experience.
Our program promotes social, physical, emotional, and cognitive growth through the use of Montessori materials in a prepared environment. Our dedicated teachers guide children as they explore a variety of Montessori activities in which they discover, explore, classify, organize, and develop skills essential to future academic and social success. Children progress at their own pace and in a way that will benefit them throughout their lives.
In the Montessori classroom there are five areas. Each with a specific purpose. The five areas are Language, Math, Sensorial, Practical Life, and Cultural.
Preschool Areas of Learning Include:
Practical life exercises develop skills in caring for oneself, for others, and for the environment. The activities include many of the task’s children see as part of the daily routine in their homes as well as lessons on social etiquette. The primary purpose here is to aid the child in their coordination, independence, concentration, and focus.
Sensorial exercises promote the development of the senses. Children develop cognitive skills by learning to order and classify Montessori materials through touch, sight, taste, smell, and listening.
Language exercises develop the ability to analyze sounds in a word which prepare the hand for writing and develop written and verbal expression. This lays a foundation in phonetic skills to prepare the child for “total” reading, exploration of grammar concepts, creative writing, and basic research.
Montessori math activities help children learn and understand abstract mathematical concepts through the use of concrete and manipulative materials. Children gain a solid foundation in mathematical principles, preparing them for abstract reasoning, and helping them to develop problem solving skills.
The goal of this area is to enable children to understand the world in its formation, the present geographical context and the lives of other cultures. This area offers geography, history, botany, zoology and human values materials. Children will enjoy discovering their world using language, sensorial and mathematical skills.