From 12 mo. to 2 yrs old
Montessori’s idea of the prepared environment was that everything the child came in contact with would facilitate and maximize independent learning and exploration. This calm, well-ordered environment has a lot of movement and activity. Children are free to choose and work on activities at their own pace. Here, they experience a combination of freedom and self-discipline, as guided by the environment and teachers.
Throughout the curriculum our Montessori certified personnel trained in early childhood development is working towards achieving:
- Speech and language development
- Gross motor skills
- Fine motor skills and hand eye coordination
- Social-emotional skills
- Self-esteem, self awareness and independence
- Diapering and toilet training
Our Toddler Program provides a safe, nurturing atmosphere, allowing for a child’s freedom of movement and learning directed by a child’s interest. Children experience cognitive and motor development by hands-on activities at an unhurried pace. They are given time to become captivated by a concept, and encouraged to develop their potential in their own time.
2 – 3 yrs old
The Toddler program, for children 2 years and up to 3, takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. Wonderland Montessori Academy advances each child’s growth and development through a rich and well prepared environment designed just for toddlers.
The classroom is a special place for the young child to begin his/her steps towards independence and self-reliance.
Dedicated, nurturing and trained teachers implement a toddler designed curriculum to foster cognitive development, speech and language development, strengthen fine motor and gross motor skills, introduce grace and courtesy lessons, and promote independence.
An important part of a toddler’s developing independence is learning to care for self by, using the bathroom washing hands, putting on shoes and jackets.
Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. Classroom materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. Activities are changed regularly in response to children’s need for variety and challenge as they grow and learn. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to school. Toddlers come to school five days a week, and may choose to stay for mornings-only or a full day. Upon completion of the Toddler program, children join our Delfini Classroom.
3 – 4 1/2 yrs old
The Primary program is for children from 3 to 5 years. In this mixed-age environment children spend two years in the same classroom getting to know each other and their teachers well. The continuity of returning to the same room each year makes for a strong classroom community, for children and parents alike.
The students are exposed to a variety of materials for sensory learning and experiences. The child uses all five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing – to understand and absorb information about his or her environment. Dr. Montessori also recognized that during the first six years of life, children experience a series of “sensitive periods”. We take advantage of these “sensitive periods” by helping the children refine their senses and assisting them in perfecting these natural learning tools.
Primary children learn by doing. The concrete materials in the classroom allow the children explore the world through their senses, through touch and motion, and by observing and engaging with others. One main feature of Montessori education is its hands-on approach to learning. Students work with specially designed materials, manipulating and investigating until they master the lesson inside. Teachers guide students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons and then letting children practice what they have learned. As children grow, the classroom materials grow with them in the sense that older children use the materials to explore curriculum in new and deeper ways.
The 3-5 year old goes through an intense period of change, including the transition to cooperative play and more complex social interactions, a language explosion leading to beginning skills in writing and reading, the emergence of number sense and the foundations of math, and great changes in physical development. The Montessori teacher responds to these changes in social and emotional, cognitive, and physical development with appropriate lessons to support each child’s growth and emerging capabilities.
4 – 6 yrs old. VPK program & Kindergarten
Kindergarten, the culminating year of our learning program, and provides an extraordinary opportunity for 5 and 6 years old to develop their leadership skills. Kindergartners act as positive peer models for their younger classmates, assuming positions of responsibility that further strengthen their own capabilities and self-esteem. Everything that children have learned in previous years comes together in Kindergarten, giving children a readiness to meet new challenges.
The classroom is equipped with advanced learning material that will further strengthen their skills in language, math, geography, botany and science with hands on experiments.
Kindergarten children visit our younger classrooms, meeting with their younger peers, participating in students’ work. Some other special activities include Kindergarten field trips and their own graduation ceremony performance.