Attentive caregivers sing, read stories, perform finger plays, and chat continuously – even during diaper changes, because the brain is receptive at a quantum rate now.
Shared laughs and discoveries with baby friends fosters amazing relationships – they truly love each other! This is the beginning of teamwork, compassion, and self-discovery.
Tummy time, free movement, bouncing, reaching for objects and grasping foster muscle toning and the start of coordination. Teachers model communicating with gestures such as waving, pointing, and beginning signing.
Sensorial lessons with snow, textured items, shapes, and themed items teach about the physical world around them. Smelling jars of spices, light boxes, and other lessons are as fun as they are educational. Messy finger painting and other art projects support discovery too.
It’s the right time to display and name numerals, demonstrate sequencing of big, medium, and small, sing and say numbers.
Birth - Age 1
The foundation for cognitive growth begins now – at a rate that is the greatest in a child’s lifetime (ZeroToThree.org). Dr. Montessori understood that a young child has a “qualitatively different mind” than when older, and her principles noted in her book, The Absorbent Mind, speak to the young infant’s sensorial learning.
Fun, hands-on lessons teach letter recognition, sound to letter correspondence, and word building. Teaching songs and music activate auditory processing skills.
Shared laughs and discoveries with friends begins to foster social relationships and understanding of how to be a community member. Developing independence with practical life skills builds confidence.
Practicing fine motor skills, connecting colors, and developing creativity. Pride and self-confidence arise in their creations.
It gets messy with touching slimy, gooey, wet, dry, heavy, light, and textured lessons as we learn more about our environment. Curiosity and wonder drive lesson choices now, and we have uninterrupted Work Time to fuel concentration and learning at an individual pace.
Sequencing, counting, sorting, sizing, and positional lessons are thrilling to the adventurous toddler, and we have ambitious lessons to fuel the learning – no waiting for the class to catch up. Number sense and numeral recognition develop.
As your child grows, his/her unique personality develops. Toddlers begin to navigate relationships with other students and playmates. Academically, they thrive with kinetic learning, active discovery, and developing independence with every day life skills.
The sensitive period for language development begins to skyrocket. As they expand their vocabulary, we introduce foreign language, developing mental flexibility as well as an increased awareness of the importance of communication with others.
Begin working in teams for goals. Build close relationships with friends and teammates. Geography and cultural understanding begin to emerge.
Art projects take a new form introducing more complex crafts projects that compound creativity and personal fulfillment
Making water beads glow, tracing veins of a leaf, exploring soil, or making salt crystal tree all peeves the child with interest at this age, while seamlessly creating understanding for physics and biology.
Introduction to decimals - tens, hundreds, thousands. Exciting counting boards begin moving into teens and potentially hundreds while building confidence. Begin drawing numbers.
We give freedom to make choices on what to explore/learn, allowing controlled risks. Uninterrupted work time, reflection, and motivation are fostered into perseverance.
Ages 3 - 4 Years
Now is a time of blossoming into self-understanding of strengths, interests and beloved friendships. Academic differentiation with lesson pace and difficulty accelerates and the eagles fly – never waiting on the whole class to be on the same timetable.
With such a rapidly expanding vocabulary, we introduce word recognition. Small words and phrase associations begin developing accelerated linguistic understanding.
Depth of friendship begins to expand. Playing and working in teams refines past years, and develops intuition for strong group skills.
Ability to create paintings, multiple step 3 dimensional crafts like houses, collages, cut outs, and more. Music class becomes more engaging and fun.
Ambitious lessons drive innate reasoning skill development and concrete understanding of foundational concepts. Exploration of biology and botany through gardening.
Awareness for proximity and value heightens. Understanding that 3 is closer to 10 than 40. Fun number games both challenge and excite the child.
Team-based work fuels resourceful thinking, intuition, collaboration, social awareness and dynamic learning. Children discover talents and joys though lesson choice and time management.
Ages 4 - 5
Now a resilient child, risk taking is paying off. Intellectual growth deepens and self-management is honed, setting up winning lifetime habits.
Exploring our world. Past trips have included the Science Museum, local pool, behind-the-scenes at local pizza shops, bakeries, and grocery stores, historical society.
Here the fun gets silly, messy, or hilarious as we customize activities based on our themes and student interests. Cooking, movie-making, experiments, and even talent shows for younger kids are all enthusiastically engaged!
Friendships develop and grow as kids share experiences, feelings, ideas, wins, and things that did not go as planned, all in a safe environment with caring teachers.
Ages 5 - 12
For many explorers, the bonds, friendships, and community created during these years prove to be strong and long lasting. With our after school and summer camp options, your child continues to grow and learn loosely while playing with companions.
Did You Know?
A recent study by University of Virginia stated, "Particularly remarkable are the positive social effects of Montessori education. Typically the home environment overwhelms all other influences in that area." Not only were five-year-old primary school children better prepared for the "three Rs" at primary level, they also had higher scores in tests of "executive function". This is the ability to adapt to changing and complex problems, and is seen as an indicator of future school and life success.
Benefits of Our Unique Teaching Method
Montessori has been used for over 100 years in various parts of the world. Developed by Maria Montessori, it is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. With a STREAM curriculum of Science, Technology, Religious holiday celebrations (Judeo-Christian), pre-engineering, art, and math, our classrooms provide a fun and engaging environment for your child to reach his/her fullest potential.
Our Gentle Instruction® philosophy sets the tone for a loving experience as we journey towards our mission of inspiring individuals and building communities. Teachers use a gentle tone of voice; movements are calm and deliberate; awareness of being a good model is prominent. Hugs are plentiful!
Uniqueness & Individuality
Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan. So a child who likes bugs will be counting bugs, while a child who likes cars will do his math lesson with cars.
Order, concentration, and independence.
Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” (ability to educate one’s self, and to think about what one is learning), toddlers through adolescents. Indeed, children go to the restroom without waiting for the class, and eat a snack when they are hungry.
Community, Social, Interpersonal
Teachers model respect, loving kindness, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution. The classroom as a community hums with activity, quiet talking between teams working, children moving around as they need, all in harmony. Special class projects, such as Christmas Concert performance, lend the thrill of a big group accomplishment, in front of smiling parents and grandparents to make it extra rewarding!
Active Knowledge Seeking & Self Assessment
Teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors because most lessons have a control-of-error built in to them to develop self-correction.