18 Months to 3 Years
Half Day: 8:30 am – 12:30 noon
Full Day: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Each child comes into the world with a unique set of abilities and a beautiful personality ready to unfold. An important task for adults is to provide an environment, which supports this most formative stage of development while also providing safe guidelines and limits.
The Infants Community, initiated by Dr. Maria Montessori in Italy in 1947, has been successful in helping parents provide an environment that fulfills the needs of the very young child.
A warm and caring environment is provided to our own Montessori families who have very young siblings and will introduce new families to the benefits of a Montessori education. Our Toddlers will be safe, secure and happy in their bright and beautiful surroundings.
The Infants Community has been designed specifically to meet the needs, natural curiosity, and interests of children from 18 months to three years of age. We offer a stimulating learning environment, which promotes cognitive and gross motor development, the development of the senses, language, eye-hand co-ordination, independence and self-esteem. Many opportunities for self-expression through music and arts and crafts are offered.
The Program is conducted by a Montessori Guide (teacher) who is certified at the Toddler level. The environment is as home-like as we can make it with sinks and toilets, shelves and activities all at the right height to foster independence and self-reliance. The specialized activities are designed to stimulate the Toddler and to aid the process of development.
Movement and Knowledge
Practical life activities form the cornerstone of the Montessori classroom and prepare the child for all other areas. The emphasis is on process rather than on product. Thorough the repetition of Practical Life activities, children develop and refine the basic skills that will serve them all their lives. The Toddler classroom offers the early Practical Life exercises. These activities are aimed at enhancing the child’s development of fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, balance, sense of order, concentration and independence. Toddlers explore with their senses; their exploration, which yields information about the world, is facilitated by their ability to concentrate and by their control of movement. Outdoor activities on the Toddler playground aid the development of equilibrium.
Many of the activities foster eye-hand coordination: sewing, manipulating scissors, or gluing papers. Feeling objects in the Fishing bags develops the ability to identify objects by using only the sense of touch aided by visual memory. Toddlers explore with their senses; their exploration, which yields information about the world, is facilitated by their ability to concentrate and by their control of movement. Outdoor activities on the Toddler playground aid the development of equilibrium.
Around the age of two, children’s speech development experiences and explosion of words, soon followed by sentences. The Language materials in the Toddler classroom encourage the refinement and enrichment of language as the first steps on the road to writing and finally reading.
Toddlers are eager to learn the names of things, to know the words that are appropriate to a given situation. They work tirelessly at learning to communicate with those around them, while they increase their vocabularies and the length and complexity of their spoken phrases. Some activities that help children to become more familiar with the richness of both, Spanish and English languages, are listening to stories, joyfully learning names for various plants and animals or for objects in and out of their environment and singing among others.
Language at our school is an important component of our curriculum and it is a strong part or our school’s mission. We strive to give children the tools to develop in our natural environment both cognitively, emotionally and well as physically. Taking into account that Spanish and English equally predominate the spoken language in our geographic area, we immerse children in both languages at different levels of their development.
The Infants Community will be lead by a guide (teacher) that will only speak Spanish to the child and an assistant that will speak only English. This way mimicking a natural model of a child that has parents with different language upbringing. This model also will develop language absorption for children who are learning completely new languages. Exposing young toddlers to a new language or languages will expand their cognitive abilities to develop the processes necessary for the learning of many other languages to come.
Spanish Immersion or English Children’s House give a further possibility of deep development of either English or Spanish language for children of ages three to six years old. Elementary level children develop in a Dual Language program in which both languages are fully developed in reading, written and speaking terms.
Both the Children’s House level and the Elementary level programs have many important qualities and much detail that needs to be fully discussed and understood. We invite you to attend our monthly parent introduction sessions for further information.
Activities of a regular day in the Infants Community
- 8:20-8:30 Arrival
- 8:30-10:00 Individual working time
- 10:00-11:00 Indoor reading, gross motor skills development & outdoor playtime.
- 11:00-11:30 Lunch
- 11:30-11:45 Circle time / Group activities with music & language.
- 11:50-12:30 Dismissal of half-day students.
- 12:15-2:00 Naptime
- 2:00-2:20 Children prepare to go home
- 2:30 Dismissal of full-day students.