We offer a number of class options to meet the unique developmental needs of EACH child. Class placements are made by the Administrative staff in close collaboration with parents. The classes below are suited for children ages 2-3 years.
The Early Preschool is highly nurturing beginning class for older toddlers who turn two by September 1st. This is a small and gentle “starter” class that supports children growing at their own pace during their first school experience away from home. The focus is on mastering separation, early socialization, and language acquisition. Music, movement, and floor time play are strongly emphasized. Activities are simple and fun. Transitions are limited. Children are learning turn-taking, how to listen, how to use gentle hands, and to let adults comfort them. Toilet-teaching is offered as a natural part of the day, so children do not need to be toilet-trained. The teachers in the Early Preschool are highly nurturing and loving. They are particularly sensitive to the needs of very young preschoolers. Teachers follow the lead of individual children. Some children start with a shorter day to facilitate their adjustment to school.
This is a preparatory preschool class for the young preschooler who will benefit from a smaller environment with closer teacher attention. It is perfect for older Two’s and sometimes very young Three’s. The classroom is enriched with hands-on learning activities and age-appropriate Montessori materials that encourage curiosity and creativity. There are many opportunities for interactive play, music, and movement. Children are learning to share, follow rules, participate in a group, build self-control, establish relationships, communicate their needs, and strengthen their independence. They are able to move about in two large rooms and the patio work area. The teachers work closely with the children during floor time, facilitating learning and play. Many in this group are still mastering toileting, so children need not be toilet-trained in this class. The teachers are highly nurturing in this class also, and they are particularly sensitive to the needs of this age group. Preschoolers who are slower to mature sometimes do better in this smaller class.