Infant Room  2/3 months – 10/12 months

These are our tiniest and most innocent humans. We begin our work here helping them to start fostering their independence. We assist these children grow and gain strength to hold their own bottles, sit unassisted, crawl, stand, and play. In less then a year we see children physically and emotionally progress substantially. And it is wonderful be a part of all of their “firsts”.

 

The areas we work on with children in this room are:

  • Bottle feeding

  • Developing core strength through tummy time and sitting up

  • Holding their own bottle

  • Starting to eat solid foods, such as purees, rice cereal, small snacks

  • Learning to self-soothe

  • Being able to sleep with some light

  • Being able to sleep with some noise

  • Helping them through the beginning stages of teething

  • Supporting them early group socialization

  • Assisting in their physical evolution: sitting up, rolling over, crawling, standing, and dexterity

Waddler Room 10/12 Months – 16/20 months

 

This age group is where we see wonderful leaps in physical development. We see children beginning in this classroom crawling, standing, being fed by teachers to taking their first steps, waving to climbing stairs, to independently sitting in a chair and eating an entire meal unassisted by a teacher. This is also the class where we introduce sign language. There about 20 signs we use with children on a daily basis (eat, milk, mother, father, and more).

 

Things we work on in this room:

  • Getting onto a regular class schedule

  • Learning to feed themselves

  • Introducing and encouraging the use of silverware

  • Sitting in a chair unassisted for meals and activities

  • Physical development; walking, climbing, carrying objects, etc

  • Understanding and use of sign language

  • The following of basic commands

  • Supporting the children during times of teething

  • Introducing and assisting with hand washing

  • Helping to further develop their social interactions

 
Toddler Room  16/20 months – 2.5/3 years

Our toddler classroom is a very active group where the children make great strides in several areas of development. Socially, we see children begin to participate in cooperative games and activities, the creation of friendships, and the beginnings of imaginative play. Cognitively, the ability to communicate verbally and non-verbal jumps greatly, with a vocabulary that seems to expand daily. It is in this class that we begin to present introductory Montessori lessons known as practical life works. These are things like care of self (dressing and hygiene), care of environment (pushing in chair and cleaning of lunch space), and control of movement (pouring and use of silverware).

 

Large gains in cognitive development and further refinement of social interactions. The beginnings of academic understand. Huge growth in the area of communication, but verbal and non-verbal. Jumps in emotional development. The beginnings of imaginative play and cooperative games and activities, establishment of friendships with other children.

 

Things we work on in this room:

  • Potty training

  • Identifying personal objects (lunch box, shoes, jacket, etc)

  • Use of silverware

  • Self-dressing (shoes, socks, jacket, pants)

  • Cleaning of work/lunch space

  • Hand washing

  • Increasing use of verbal and non-verbal communication

  • Being able to sit and focus on meals and lessons

  • Movement control and spatial awareness

  • Developing social interactions, as well as group activities

 
 
Primary School Classrooms  2.5/3 years – 6 years

In Primary we get to see the Montessori system in full swing. Within these blended-age classrooms we are able to see the youngest children having the chance to learn from their older peers in the environment, and at the same time, by the older children helping to teach their young classmates it works to reinforce the lessons they learned when they were The introduction of Practical Life in the Toddler class serves as a foundation on which these classes build upon. There is a continuation and building on the Practical Life foundations put in place in the Toddler class. We are able to add and expand our areas of focus to many subjects and learning opportunities.

 

Things were working on these classes

  • Reading and Writing

  • Mathematics

  • Practical Life

  • Sensorial

  • Geography

  • Botany and Gardening

  • Art and Music

  • Foreign Language

  • Biology

  • Food Preparation and Some Cooking

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