The child, Montessori teacher, and prepared environment are a learning triangle, vital elements of the whole care of the child.
6 weeks - about 15 months
Traditionally called the Nido (Italian for nest), our infant environment looks nothing like daycare because we do not use bouncers, jumpers, exersaucers, or any other apparatus that would contain our babies and limit their mobility. They are too often used for the adult's convenience, and instead our priority is the children. These devices contradict our goal of developing self-direction and motor skills. The room is designed with warmth, cognitive growth, and aesthetic stimulation in mind. Materials are visually appealing and carefully chosen for appropriateness (such as simple, color-contrasting images that are easy for still-developing eyes to see). There are floor beds available for naps, and we encourage children to recognize when they need rest, and practice self-regulation. All infants capable of sitting enjoy their snacks and meals together at a low table, and practice drinking from real (tiny) cups and eating with real cutlery. The Nido strives as much as possible to be your child's second home, a warm, cozy nest.
about 15 months - 3 years
Our toddler environment is arranged to emphasize autonomy and invite exploration. Practical life activities, sensorial investigation, language acquisition, arts and science exploration engage toddlers and two-year-olds deeply.
3 years - kindergarten, plus our rising 1st & 2nd graders
The primary environment is thoughtfully prepared and regularly adapted to follow the needs and interests of its students. All furniture and materials are child-sized, and children take an active role in the care of their environment: mopping spills, arranging flowers in vases, maintaining houseplants, and washing windows. Specialized Montessori materials isolate concepts, exposing children to geometry, geography, botany, writing, even the cubed root. Children who graduate from Montessori primary classes enter grade school with advanced subject knowledge, comprehension, and social skills.
Outdoor Play Spaces
Fun and Challenging
Our outdoor environments incorporate nature as much as possible, with student-maintained gardens, two miniature goats, a chicken coop, and natural play materials. We encourage gross motor play, sensorial exploration, and environmental awareness through our outdoor "classrooms."
After School Classroom
K - 5th grade
We offer after school care to local elementary students. This program includes a nutritious snack, homework support, and plenty of time outdoors.