INFANT: 6 WEEKS to 18 MONTH
The Nido Classroom is designed to meet the developmental needs of the youngest members of our community. Our guides follow the infants’ individual schedules and allow them to nap when they are tired, eat when they are hungry, and explore when they are ready.
Countryside Montessori is an environment which focuses on all aspects of your child’s development with special focus on independence, language, and cognitive growth. This is all done in a safe and loving environment. We do more than daycare because we know the child’s brain develops most rapidly from birth to 3 years, meaning learning actually occurs at this time more than at any other stage of development.
TODDLER: 18 MONTH to 3 YEARS
Toddlers desire independence. They want to be able to do things without assistance. And in actuality, they can. To foster this desire, the children are encouraged to do as much as possible for themselves in our classroom. The toddler environment provides them the time and opportunity necessary to accomplish tasks that meet their physical, social and emotional needs. Our teachers are ready to step in when the child needs help or encouragement. Along with learning practical skills, children are offered activities that form the mathematical mind, assist language development, and practice social etiquitte.
EARLY CHILDHOOD: 3 to 6 YEARS
The CASA classroom is for children ages 3 to 6 years to explore and discover, to collaborate with classmates, and to take ownership of their education. The Montessori Method encourages self-directed learning that promotes self-confidence, independence, and critical thinking. Together the class fosters social-emotional and intellectual growth for all involved.
Unlike adulthood, children at this stage of development possess the ability to easily absorb information and concepts from their surroundings. Children work individually and cooperatively with hands-on materials that engage their curiosity simultaneously promoting their independence, structure, discipline, and concentration.
We support the natural drive for independence by encouraging children to choose activities of interest and concentrate without interruption. All the while, the classroom teachers are able to instruct independent students or small groups based on their independent academic needs while also meeting the needs of the whole group. Together the CASA class becomes a peaceful and productive environment for the developing mind.
“A room in which all the children move about usefully, intelligently, and voluntarily, without committing any rough or rude act, would seem to me a classroom very well disciplined indeed.”
—Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method