INFANT & TODDLER PROGRAM
What is the Montessori Method?
The Montessori Method offers an approach to early childhood education that has been proven to cultivate critical learning capabilities, problem-solving, and creativity for over 100 years. More than a daycare, our private infant and toddler programs focus on specific objectives for each stage of development to help every child thrive. Learn more about our objective and curriculum below or contact us today to schedule a tour of our beautiful school in Bellevue, Washington.
How do the students spend their time?
With guidance from loving teachers and the freedom to explore and express, our students spend time in their classrooms building a strong foundation upon which to learn and grow. As they learn to navigate through their thoughtfully prepared space, they discover and build upon new skills that bolster their social, physical, cognitive, and emotional abilities.
Curriculum Goals for Infants
Emotional: At Living Montessori, our child care programs are designed to help your child learn to establish basic trust and security, build a routine, and develop relations with those around them.
Social: Your child develops their social skills by building awareness of others, understanding reciprocal interactions, and comprehending and responding to social cues.
Physical: In our child care program, your child develops natural reflexes and grasps, builds their sense of body control, and strengthens hand-eye coordination.
Cognitive: Cognitive development is an integral piece of your child’s early education. Through inquiry and play, they’ll explore objects within the daycare center using their senses, practice imitation, and discover object permanence. They explore the concepts of same and different and cause and effect, anticipate familiar events, and learn about setting goals. Through a variety of activities, they learn about associating properties with things, awareness of their surroundings, tracking objects, and early concepts of quantity. Finally, they bolster their communication skills through one-on-one interactions, listening and responding, babbles, imitating sounds, and basic awareness of the function of spoken language.
Music: Our infant classroom enjoys weekly visits from our music specialist, who will sing and clap with the children to promote the concepts of steady beat, controlled movement, and love of song.
Curriculum Goals for Toddlers
Emotional: As your child grows, our private school curriculum builds upon their understanding of emotions and emotional competency. They learn to recognize different emotions, express wants and needs, and develop a sense of independence.
Social: Through our Early Education Program, your child begins the process of understanding and responding to social cues. They delve into parallel play and develop a concept of space. Our teachers assist your child in navigating difficult conversations and finding words to express emotions.
Cognitive: In our toddler program, your child strengthens their attention span, begins to understand functional relationships, and learns basic qualities of environment. They build their cognitive function by observing people and things from various perspectives and apply learned skills in new situations. They build the foundations for mathematical comprehension through early quantity and number concepts, including filling and emptying, putting in and taking out, taking things apart, and putting things back together. Finally, they identify familiar objects, build their active listening skills, and improve communication through gestures and language.
Language: As a toddler, your child is exploring language and learning how to communicate. Through Living Montessori’s private school toddler program, your child develops speech-like patterns, learns and uses new vocabulary, understands the reciprocal aspect of language, and learns how to verbalize their needs.
Physical: Our goals for your child’s physical development include building their gross and fine motor skills, gaining an understanding of body awareness and control, and developing coordination, balance, flexibility, and stamina.
Music: Your child continues to pair singing with controlled movement and a steady beat in weekly music circles. Singing begins to support your child’s language development through rhymes and new vocabulary.