Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Toddler Communities at The Best Little Genius Montessori

Children under three learn in nurturing environments with a small group of their peers and a low child to adult ratio. A child will remain in the Nido (Infant Community) until fully mobile, then transition into the Toddler I Community. From two to three years old, the child enters into the Toddler II Community. Activities for these very young children are food centered and focus on language, movement, and functional independence.

Toddler Communities

Our toddler programs are designed to empower our children to develop into complete Little Geniuses capable of increased language, movement and functional independence. Our environment is built for engagement while maintaining a balance of challenge and support. The Teacher is able to assist but continuously observes each child's development and activities. The atmosphere is meant to be fun and educational at the same time. Functional independence is practiced daily including toileting. Our children wear so soon as they mobile.

Explore more of the Little Genius Montessori's Programs here.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Montessori Theory & Practices

Maria Montessori, M.D. believed that human beings are directed by their own inner drive for self-development. She believed that the goal of early childhood education should be to cultivate the child's natural desire to learn and to aid in the unfolding of life.

In a Montessori environment, this objective is approached in two ways:
  1. Each child is encouraged to experience the curiosity and excitement of learning by choosing his or her own activity;
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  2. Once the activity has been chosen, the child is guided to perfect his or her natural tools for learning by using the Montessori materials which have been created to develop this process through self-correction. The result is a joyful, creative interaction with the prepared learning environment.
Maria Montessori observed that children pass through four six-year periods of development. She called these periods the four planes of development. Children in each plane have their own specific characteristics and needs. Montessori realized that these children need an adult trained to assist them in a special way, as well as, an environment suited to their specific needs.

Our program is conducted within all-day, year around Montessori environments. The Montessori environment is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. However, the majority of the curriculum is followed form 8: 30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This schedule has one set of rules and procedures during the time they spend away from home, eliminating confusion and stress. The outside environment is available several times during the day.

Learn about our Little Genius Montessori Philosophy.