The Montessori 1 class offers for children from 3 years old. It is a period characterized by the need to explore everything, move, and develop large motor coordination and strength. We believe at this age there is a huge expansion into the language. They develop a capacity to create symbols, images, and concepts and become aware of him/herself as a separate and independent person.
The Montessori 1 class has five main areas at the toddler level:
Practical life and daily living skills
Art and music
The Montessori 1 class’s program takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. We help them learn to care for themselves including washing hands, putting on jackets, putting on shoes, and feeding themselves. In this language-rich environment, teacher support and guides toddlers as they explore order and disorder, and refine their emerging motor skills. Outdoor play is part of the daily routine.
Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. Classroom materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. Activities are changed regularly in response to children’s need for variety and challenge as they grow and learn. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to the
Montessori class 2 (age 4 - 5 years old).
Montessori 2 class is for children above 4 years
The purpose of this class is to offer young children an experience away from home that allows them to grow at their own pace. The teachers are highly nurturing and they are particularly sensitive to the needs of 4 - 5 years old. They help the children with separation, socialization, cooperation, and independence – all important developmental tasks of this age group.
The children are given time and opportunity to explore language, music, movement, art, practical life activities, and fine and gross motor activities that meet their individual developmental needs. They practice skills such as buttoning, tying and zipping, caring for themselves and their environment.
Children in the Sunshine class do not need to be toilet-trained. However, the teachers work closely with parents to help a child begin this next developmental step.