In this program the Montessori Philosophy meets the needs of children 18 months
to 36 months old. Appropriate activities and experiences allow a child a smooth
entry into the Early Childhood class. The low child-teacher ratio and small class
size give each child the space to develop.
Maria Montessori believed that a child's helper in early infancy had the noble task
to create a foundation for all later development and learning. She believed that
the educational needs of the child under three years of age were extremely important
but very different from those of the child past three.
The Montessori environment for children from infancy through three years must focus
on, as its highest goal, the nurturing of sensitivity and caring among the children
and adults in the environment. This time in the child's life is crucial in the development
of trust, altruism and love. Our goal is not to substitute the parents, but to support
and enhance the important role of parenthood.
During the first three years of life children are very dependent upon adults in
their lives. They are able to explore the environment without assistance. Early
in life a child is stimulated by interesting objects at close range. As the year
progresses, the child's range eventually expands as they learn to creep around and
explore independently. At this level the prepared environment consists of a wide
spectrum of activities and objects which are safe, cognitively stimulating, emotionally
satisfying and developmentally appropriate.
The Montessori Toddler environment presents the child with a variety of appropriate
experiences from which the child can choose freely. The environment is the curriculum
for the child. Before three years of age, the child must have a wide range of experiences;
after three years of age, the child refines and perfects new skills. It is assumed
that in this manner, an appropriate match can be made between the child and needed