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When a parent walks into the Toddler community in Mandeville, you are greeted by one of our loving Montessori certified teachers. Calm and serene colors are evident in the classroom and everything is designed with the 1-2 year old child in mind. Our room meets the children’s needs for calmness, beauty, security, order and learning. In this “Prepared Environment”, the child can easily focus on the shelves that are prepared with activities designed to meet the child’s interests and budding competencies. These activities encompass vocabulary building; sensorial stimulations with sound, touch, smell and sight and practice with eye/hand coordination.
The toddler’s days are filled with love and encouragement. At circle time the toddlers learn not only to sing songs but they also learn to sign some of the words in their daily songs. Story time, art activities, cooking and outside play are usually a part of the toddler’s day. The children participate in table cleaning along with learning to sweep and wipe spills. Social skills are emphasized daily as is verbalizing their wants, needs, likes and dislikes. Great attention is given to helping the children identify their feelings and express them appropriately.
Many modern neuroscientists have come to the same conclusion as Dr. Montessori, that it is in the first three years of life the brain absorbs more information than at any other time. We know that your toddler will greatly benefit from the loving, encouraging environment that is prepared just for your child’s needs and absorbent mind.
With the knowledge that the first three years of life are so important to brain development, the preschool classroom is designed to provide the two year old with sensorial development of visual discrimination of size, shape and colors, sound discrimination, language development and introduction to mathematics. The classrooms have areas for art expression and daily living skills (pouring, spooning, cleaning). While there is much intellectual stimulation, our emphasis is always on nurture of each child’s uniqueness. Singing, signing, stories, music and movement are part of the preschooler’s days. Frequent cooking projects are built into our week. Social skills continue to be developed, as is the ongoing acquisition of verbal skills.
Great emphasis is placed on recognizing, respecting and appropriately expressing feelings. Our practical life skills are refined as children learn grace and courtesy manners during lunch. Children learn to push their chairs back under the table and to scrape their plates and help clean the classroom. Friends are a great part of the children’s days. Outside play provides many opportunities for developing gross motor skills and for social interaction too. We recognize the importance and privilege we have in the loving nurture of these precious children. Hugs, smiles and love are a part of every child’s days.
With bright, open classrooms appearing to invite the outside in from windows overlooking the beautiful front yard, children in the Primary class are in a prepared learning environment designed to meet their individual needs and to assure them the opportunity to reach their full potential. The shelves in the Primary class are lined with works that are progressive, moving from simple to complex and concrete to abstract. All is designed around the developmental needs as well as the interests of the individual child, based on the observations of the Montessori teacher, trained to identify those needs as they occur. Math, Language, Sensorial, Practical Life, Science, Geography and The Arts are all part of the three year program.
In the multi-age 3-year Primary program the young child has the opportunity to look to the older child for social and academic guidance; the older child has the opportunity to develop a high level of self-esteem and most certainly a greater sense of responsibility. This provides the basis for a high sense of community within the classroom and among the children as individuals. The development of the child, mentally, physically, socially and emotionally is enhanced by the multi-age status of the classroom. With a great emphasis on the lessons of Grace and Courtesy, the child learns respect for his peers, for his environment and for the world in which he lives. Academically, socially and emotionally, each year provides a unique opportunity for the child to advance so that by the end of his third year he is ready to meet all the challenges of first grade in every way.
The Primary child is exposed to exercises that employ movement, manipulatives and free choice (within limits). In the Montessori class free choice means the child may choose work on which he has had a lesson; work that he uses properly and returns properly and to work in groups with his peers. From following these guidelines, the child develops a sense of personal responsibility for making the right choice to properly care for his environment and his peers by putting his work away in consideration of the next person wanting to use the work. He develops a sense of independence by learning, through Practical Life activities, how to wash, clean and dry his work as necessary, sweep the floor, scrub the table, mop, bake, sew on a button, etc. He learns how to use his words with a peer when he is angry or hurt or not understanding. At the conclusion of this 3-year program the child is well on his way to becoming a good citizen of the world, of reaching his full potential as a human being and most importantly for becoming a life-long learner.