Learning to speak...is a most impressive further step along the path of independence … Learning to walk is especially significant, not only because it is supremely complex, but because it is done in the first year of life.” — Maria Montessori
The Infant/Toddler program offers different starting points for your child’s Montessori journey as young as 6 months through age three. The traditional three-year cycle is divided into one-year classes. The wide range of development at this age, however, provides each classroom with a mixed-age experience. Children with more developed verbal skills mentor their friends. Children who are walking motivate those who aren't yet.
Classrooms are thoughtfully planned to enhance children's independence. The furniture and materials — even the sinks and toilets — are toddler-sized. Children explore the classroom and materials, moving from activity to activity as they like. If they choose to spend extended time in a concentrated work, they will not be interrupted.
Maria Montessori recognized that a young child's work is play. This way, meaning and dignity are given to a toddler's learning. We believe that giving these youngest learners time, freedom and respect creates a foundation for lifelong learning.