By the age of three, the child has already laid down the foundations of his personality as a human being...
Village Montessori offers a top quality program for toddlers in a unique home setting. The Director, Jules Layman, has over 30 years experience in Montessori education. Applications are accepted all year. Please call 415-457-1336 to schedule an observation. School is in session Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., September to June.
Village Montessori strives to:
The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment.
On any given morning at Village Montessori, there is a hub of activity. In one corner a child may be engaged with a language activity, matching ocean animals to realistic photographs, while in another a child is painting at the easel.
In The Garden
At Village Montessori children spend part of the morning outside throughout the year.
There is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing.
This is the time when they can care for the garden or choose from a variety of equipment – vehicles, tricycles, a play house, the sand box, a climbing tree... and this is also the time when they develop social skills. Learning how to take turns requires lots of practice for toddlers and using words to express your needs is always encouraged.
Children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old are in a sensitive period for language. They are absorbing everything that they hear around them with the appropriate accent and grammar of their culture. In many cases, young children are exposed to more than one language and are able to communicate in both with ease, an accomplishment that requires a considerable conscious effort for an adult.
At Village Montessori, we role model clear and accurate language and enjoy songs, finger plays and reading stories.
Lunch is another opportunity to come together as a community. Children learn the grace and courtesy necessary to sit together at a meal with friends. They bring their own lunch and are assisted with transferring nutritious food from a lunch box to a plate, with place mats, napkins and a glass for water. A snack is provided and consumed earlier in the day.
For young children it is very important that they have a sense of the order to their day. A predictable routine allows them to quickly anticipate what comes next and therefore feel safe and secure. After lunch we go outside and blow bubbles, which signify it is time to get picked up and go home. Very quickly they learn that Mom, Dad or the caregiver come back at “bubble time” and this eases the separation process at the beginning of the day.
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