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The Infant Program at Montessori Academy is a nurturing environment, structured to meet the developmental needs of the youngest of our children. In this carefully prepared environment, babies are provided with engaging learning materials in a peaceful yet stimulating setting. Children learn to use their large muscles for crawling, pulling up, and walking, and are exposed to many materials which will assist in the development of their intellect, fine motor control, problem solving, and social skills. The freedom to explore and make independent choices allows infants to build confidence. Each child becomes an active participant in his or her own educational experience from the very beginning, which sets the stage for a lifelong love of learning.
Teachers create strong bonds of trust with the Infants as they lovingly respond to the children's individual needs. Teachers communicate regarding the schedule, needs, and progress of each child on a daily basis, creating a partnership with parents. Trust and parent-teacher partnerships allow infants the security to develop to their greatest potential while at -school. Each child receives one-on-one attention through reading, singing, feeding and rocking. They also receive opportunities for independent work in movement and concentration.
The infant environment serves 8 children between the ages of 3 months and 15-18 months, with two adult caregivers.
A toddler class begins the educational process during the sensitive period for language and movement, from 18 months – 36 months. In this class, toddlers are encouraged to have independence and to explore and make choices in a safe environment. Toddlers are given many opportunities for learning, including being taught to care for their own needs and the needs of the classroom. They love to help set the table for snack, fold laundry, sweep crumbs off the floor, wash dishes, and learn to put their belongings away. They also have available to them Montessori materials, which teach language, counting, sorting, and all about the world around them.
The learning environment is home-like and fully equipped with Montessori materials, a gross motor play area in the classroom, a separate outdoor play area and a full size gym is available for the children.
Toddlers learn best through:
activity that fulfills the need of a sensitive period
repetition and concentration
The classroom has toddler size furniture which enables the child to feel comfortable and secure, knowing this is a classroom just for them.
There are especially designed activities and materials that meet the toddler’s interest in movement, independence, order, and language.
Practical Life consists of care of self, care of the environment and food prep.