• Infant & Toddler
  • Preschool

Infant & Toddler

Many parents today recognize that experiences in the first years of life influence their child’s long-term brain development.

Thus, we are here to make sure that your child is exposed to the best learning environment there is.

Our Montessori infant and toddler program welcomes children early in their lives.

Infant & Toddler Classrooms

Our environment is safe, healthy, and stimulating and we focus on fostering basic trust in the child. Montessori infant and toddler furniture and learning materials are placed on the child’s eye level, keeping the child’s interests in mind. We follow the natural rhythms of young children through a predictable day. Your infant’s sleeping and eating patterns will be observed and honored. Your child will explore with his five senses, engaging in different activities to develop and strengthen muscles, experiencing different textures and objects. She will learn object permanence, develop fine and gross motor skills, and socialize with peers. In a Montessori environment, children are not restricted to infant equipment or high chairs. They are allowed freedom within limits, always in the presence of adults. Safety is paramount.

How Do Infants & Toddlers Spend Their Time

Once your child can crawl, they will learn through direct experience, choosing their own activities within a carefully prepared classroom environment. They will intuitively discover concepts, learn language, solve simple problems, develop muscle control, and learn self-care skills as they explore specially designed materials. Activities are positioned around the room so that toddlers may choose among them. They are free to explore and are given the time they need to complete whatever they start. The activities allow toddlers to experience sequence, form, shape, movement, and sound-and the offerings evolve as the children grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Furniture and learning materials are child-sized. Everything needed to complete tasks and achieve success is accessible.

What Do Infants & Toddlers Learn

The Montessori approach recognizes that children have an inner ability to explore and learn on their own. Toddlers can walk into the classroom by themselves, they can take off and hang up their own jackets and backpacks. They learn to use the toilet and to wash and dry their hands and faces. They learn by interacting with classroom materials, by moving, and by observing other children - and by teaching other children themselves. These children grow confidence and independence. Toddlers delight in learning to do real-world tasks for themselves - and parents enjoy seeing these skills put to use at home. The Montessori approach is based on the premise that children’s earliest experiences helps them become peaceful, caring, sensitive, and healthy persons. Children learn to trust themselves and the world and to recognize their own competence. They learn to make decisions and to understand that their behavior affects others, who also have needs and wants. They learn to appreciate nature, to care for their bodily needs, and to persist. They develop a love of learning and experience the satisfaction of success.

"The child’s development follows a path of successive stages of independence, and our knowledge of this must guide us in our behavior towards him. We have to help the child to act, will and think for himself. This is the art of serving the spirit..."
Dr. Maria Montessori

Preschool

Respect for self, for others, and for environment is nurtured in order to guide a child towards self-discipline. As our children are treated with respect by adults, they learn to treat themselves and others in kind. The Montessori approach treats learning as holistic process, embracing the development of the whole individual by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs of the child. By incorporating Montessori method in our classes, our children will become more competent students, who not only will know how to learn, but will love learning itself.

The solid foundation structured early in life creates self-confident adults who are driven to contribute. Since development during this age period focuses on learning to become independent, the corresponding educational environment in our classrooms supports the natural drive, enabling the child to become competent and confident. Children are guided toward making their own choices, so that they are able to work on what interests them, within appropriate limits. Thus, the children begin to develop an authentic sense of self.

Our Montessori classroom materials provide a bridge from the known to the unknown, allowing children to evolve gradually from concrete, experience-based learning towards increasingly abstract thought. Each material is a concrete representation of a single concept, such as texture, length, or quality. The "self-correcting" design of the materials allows for any error made in their use to be obvious to the child without the intervention of a teacher. Errors are viewed as a necessary and helpful part of the learning process.

What do We Learn
Language (Cognitive Development)

We believe that young children are in a “sensitive period” for absorbing language, both spoken and written, thus our classrooms are rich in oral language opportunities – listening to stories and reciting poems, singing and conversing with others. Children will be introduced to “sandpaper” letters, which associate each spoken sound with symbol (letter), while providing tactile, auditory, and visual connections that support the development of writing and, eventually, reading.

Math

Montessori math materials and lessons help children to develop an understanding of math concepts through the manipulation of sequential hands on materials. Thus builds a secure foundation of math principles, skills, and problem-solving abilities. Children will be working on classification, sorting, grouping, geometry concepts, and measurements, time and spatial relations. We make sure that children don’t simply memorize numbers, but instead build mathematical reasoning skills needed to solve problems.

Self-help Skills/Social Skills (Physical and Motor Development)

Our Practical life activities instill care for oneself, for others, and for the environment. These everyday -living exercises include pouring, sweeping, typing, zipping, and buttoning, as well as learning how to be courteous. Children learn to concentrate, coordinate their movements, develop fine and large motor skills, and to be graceful in social encounters. The Sensorial materials are designed to enable children to identify and refine information obtained through their senses, and to order and classify sensorial impressions. Etiquette lessons will be done daily to instill in children proper mannerism. Children will enjoy everyday outdoor activities (weather permitting) in order to develop their motor skills and socialize with peers.

Science/Art

Science, Geography, History, Art and Music are all integrated into our Curriculum and are presented in sensorial ways with specially designed materials and opportunity for real-life experiences. In geography materials and lessons, children learn not only about the names and locations of countries but also people and cultures. Watching and caring for classroom plants and pets creates an interest in science lessons and a reverence for life. Art and Music lessons give the children the opportunity for creative and joyful self-expression as well as experiences with works of great musicians and artists.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is incorporated in our Curriculum.