The children in this stage are sensorial explorers facing the important developmental challenges inherent in balancing separation and attachment, autonomy and the beginnings of independence. Dr. Montessori observed that from birth, childrens’ minds absorb impressions from the environment; these impressions become a part of their deepest self. Through thoughtful planning and design, Monarch Montessori provides indoor and outdoor environments that are both physically and emotionally safe and which invite and support this type of exploration.
These environments include activities which stimulate curiosity, allowing children to explore form, shape, movement and sound.
In Practical Life, for example, children will be immersed in the experiences of everyday living that support focus in all other endeavors. Home-based experiences such as sweeping, gardening, and pouring, then returning things to their place helps further develop fine and gross motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and concentration. They will gain socialization through opportunities
to interact with other toddlers through group activities. They will explore language through connecting sounds and letters and naming objects and explore math through the beginnings of counting and sorting. Hands-on exploration of materials is paramount in this stage of development.
The extensive, concrete Montessori learning materials are designed to appeal to children’s deep interest, inspire repeated activity, promote coordination, and self-motivation. The classroom is divided into four basic areas including Practical Life (everyday living), Sensorial (materials which focus on one or more of the senses), Language, and Math. At the kindergarten level children begin a full day program which includes advanced academic work in the afternoon.
We offer an extended care program for children who are attending regularly scheduled classes. (7:00 am-8:30 am or 3:30-6:00 pm). In emergencies, late pickup care can be arranged ahead of time from 6:00-6:30 at an additional charge.
Children enjoy activities such as arts and crafts, nature, science, cooking and organized games or sports. Activities are organized around different themes each week. The Summer Program is offered for 8 weeks in the summer, with a required minimum of three weeks of enrollment. Parents must commit to the specific weeks in advance in order for our school to meet staffing needs.
A child who will not be 3 until October 1 may participate in this program only if she has attended our Toddler program during the school year just ending.
Children who are in the Infant and Toddler groups during the school year can still be enrolled in their regular program groups during the summer.