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Infant Community

 

Children ages 14 months to 3 years, who have established independent walking, may begin their Montessori experience in our Infant Community.

The Infant AM class meets Monday-Friday from 8:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or you may choose the Infant PM Program, which meets from 8:15 a.m.  –  3:15 p.m. Maximum enrollment in this program is 12 children. Within this small and nurturing environment, a specially trained Montessori teacher and an assistant gently guide and support the infants in their innate sense of independence, order and love of learning.

Infants are given the time and opportunity to engage in purposeful work to explore language, music, movement, art, practical life activities, and fine and gross motor activities that meet their individual developmental needs. They practice skills such as buttoning, tying and zipping, preparing meals, caring for themselves (including toileting) and their environment.

The infant develops his attention span, coordination, and feelings of security and independence daily, while participating in individual and group games, world music, story time, and arts and crafts. They spend time outside each day, weather permitting, and they have a snack. The infant environment is prepared for the awesome work of creating the self, feeling one’s own edges, and finding one’s own core.