"The greatest of the human personality begins at the hour of birth, so education
must start from birth."
"There is in the soul of a child, an impenetrable secret that is gradually revealed
as it develops"
Dr. Maria Montessori
The purpose of the infant/toddler program, serving children from the ages of 8 weeks
until the age of 18 months is to provide a warm, loving environment just as you
would if you were with your child during the day. Our goal is not to substitute
as parents, but to support and enhance the important role of parenthood. 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
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. During these first few months of life, children are
very dependent upon adults in their lives. In a Montessori environment, they are
able to explore 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