Toddler Class – Caterpillar Class
The Toddler Program is for children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old. This is the period when children’s lives are the most formative, in that they absorb impressions from all aspects of their surroundings. Children at this developmental stage have an enjoyment for learning. We work on developing oral communication, independence and problem solving. The toddlers work on respect for oneself and others and on being aware of others within group situations. The Toddler Program is designed to provide the opportunity for children to foster the development of movement, independence, language and creativity in a prepared environment.
Guided by qualified and dedicated staff, the toddler classroom is a maximum of 12 children and there is an optimal student / teacher ratio of 6 to 1. Work includes language development, gross motor and fine motor (sensorial) development, art, music and outdoor activities. It is important that all children feel happy and safe in our school community.
Entry Age: Children must be 18 months of age to begin the program
The Preschool Program is for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. At this level, the child’s classroom is a prepared environment designed to stimulate interest and exploration. Through the use of the unique Montessori materials, children learn by associating abstract concepts with myriad sensorial experiences. Hands and mind work together; doing and manipulating, rather than simply observing. As the children become engaged in activities, they begin to develop concentration, attention to detail and self-discipline while working towards completion of tasks. Courtesy, as well as respect for others and the environment is important aspects of daily classroom life.
Together, three, four, five and six year old children interact and learn from each other in a classroom that is rich in choice and opportunity. Assisting their teachers, the older children serve as role models and mentors for the younger students in the class. As children progress within the group, their confidence grows along with their expanding knowledge.
Guided by two Montessori teachers, with an average class size of 30 students, our Pre-school children benefit from an individualized approach that encourages self-motivation and independence.
Entry Age: Must be 3 years old and fully toilet trained.