8 WEEKS – 24 MONTHS
Our infant program is specifically-designed to give babies a peaceful, loving space to grow, explore, and feel secure. The nurturing teachers provide a loving, comfortable atmosphere to our babies, speaking in gentle tones and making them feel safe. We’ve made sure to keep the décor home-like and understated so your baby doesn’t feel overwhelmed by their surroundings. The environment is soothing and stimulating; there’s plenty of hugs, talking, cuddling, and listening.
Each child in our infant care program is an individual who receives all the nurture, respect, and affection they deserve. Every detail from our décor to our practices is selected with your child’s whole development in mind.
The environment in each room is equipped with developmentally-appropriate activities and material to guide your child through every stage of growth. Our philosophy is to “follow the child,”that’s why we let your child’s curiosity and mobility guide them instead of just their age.
The age range for our infant program is 8-weeks to 24-months. As your child crosses the 18-month mark, they may begin to transition to our toddler program. Move-up ages may vary between children.
Please note that there is a limit to the availability of space.
At the Montessori School of San Marcos, we provide your child with continued care from infancy into toddlerhood with the beginner preschool program. This program is a combination of social interaction and sensory skill development.
We provide everything your toddler needs for their growth and development. Our highly-trained, loving staff creates a comfortable, nurturing environment for our toddlers. By providing activities in the areas of social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative growth, we give them stimulating development opportunities. The activities in our beginner preschool program are specially designed for the Montessori Method and keep your child engaged all day!
3 – 6 YEARS OLD
Early childhood is an important time for discovery and exploration. Our preschool program provides your child with the opportunity to grow in a familiar, comfortable environment. That’s why we have a mixed-age community of children from 3–6 years of age in one classroom. By staying with the same teaching team for three years, your child is able to absorb the greatest amount of knowledge from their experience and environment.
Our program provides Montessori materials in a prepared environment to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth. Our teachers are dedicated to each child’s social and academic success. Through activities, they help your child discover, classify, explore, organize, and develop a range of skills.
Each child progresses at their own pace and we focus on five areas in the Montessori classroom to achieve that. Through Language, Math, Practical Life, Sensorial, and Cultural aspects, we impart dynamic knowledge to your child that they can apply within and outside the classroom.
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.