(Starting at 18 months-3 years)
Our beautiful Toddler classroom is intentionally designed to create an ideal environment for a first-time learning experience. Many social, emotional and physical developments are made during this time frame in a child's life, including potty training and foundational language development. The classroom Guides encourage each child to become familiar with the practices of sharing and waiting their turn, all while nurturing independence and a lifelong joy in learning. The Montessori
materials follow the development of each child and support an intrinsic desire to learn.
The bright and open floorplan in our Primary classroom is a warm welcome to children ages 3 to Kindergarten. The prepared environment, self-guiding Montessori materials and daily lesson demonstrations support a natural curiosity for learning and exploring. The focus of our Guides is to follow the lead of the child and allow all potentials and possibilities to blossom in their own timing. With older students eagerly mentoring the younger, a key ingredient in a Montessori classroom, a learning circle and bond are built among the students resulting in the experience of a "school family."
Music, Movement, Art and Literacy
Our school offers Enrichments in Art, Literacy, Movement and Music that supplement our daily curriculum. Each afternoon, the Primary children attend these special classes with opportunities to explore instruments and singing, move their physical bodies through dance, develop foundational reading skills, and develop and nourish their individual artistic expression via themed arts and crafts activities.
Mother Sylvia and Deacon David, clergy of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, join the children weekly for our Chapel Enrichment, which involves sharing in various stories, songs and life lessons, all while respect for and acknowledgment of all belief systems, religions and backgrounds is practiced. Dr. Montessori spoke of learning as the "cosmic task" of children and our Chapel Enrichment intends to shine light on the existence of each child's spirit as an inextricable and joyous part of their being . Topics include universal principles such as empathy and kindness, as well as mindfulness practices like breath awareness.