Let us leave the life free to develop within the limits of the good,
and let us observe this life developing. — Maria Montessori
Montessori In Town’s Parent Morning Out will give children ages 14 months to 36 months a little time away from home to discover a new environment—one that is welcoming and nurturing, where they are supported in taking their first steps toward independence, developing their powers of speech and communication, strengthening fine and large motor skills, and learning to work and play in a beautiful, cooperative community setting.
Schedule for remaining 2019-20 School Year
Children aged 14-36 months may choose from the following options:
— Monday* & Tuesday from 8:15am until 12:00pm
— Thursday & Friday from 8:15am until 12:00pm
*A Wednesday will replace any Monday that falls on a federal holiday.
Playground Time: Children begin their day on the playground, using equipment to develop their gross-motor skills, exploring surrounding nature, and having a light breakfast snack together at the picnic tables.
The Morning Work Cycle: Time in a Toddler classroom follows the natural rhythms of home. During the morning work cycle, children may explore the many beautiful Montessori materials in the classroom or garden, receive individual or group lessons from the teacher, or participate in small group activities such as singing, dancing, story-telling, gardening, and food preparation.
Oral language development is emphasized throughout the morning as the Guide and her Assistant offer each child new vocabulary, encourage conversation, model good syntax and share stories, songs and poems.
Motor and Coordination Skills: Large motor skills, fine motor skills and coordination are enhanced by the child’s work with specially designed Montessori materials, while activities such as dancing, gardening, washing, sweeping, and sing-alongs provide opportunities for further refinement of movement.
Independence is consciously nurtured in myriad ways: children work with increasing independence as they master classroom materials; learn to put on their jackets and shoes; and take care of the classroom by sweeping, preparing food, washing, folding, gardening, scrubbing, and more. The children are also supported in toilet training and feel great pride as they learn how to take care of themselves.
Toileting: We work closely with the child and family to help foster independence in the restroom. The morning work cycle includes regular reminders to visit the restroom. It incorporates time for the child to be successful as they learn through experience.
Snack: The Montessori classroom recognizes the importance of this daily activity. Children help prepare the food, set and clear the table, and wash up the dishes – all the while acquiring new vocabulary, honing motor skills, absorbing social norms, and taking great satisfaction in their contribution to the life of the classroom.
Lunch: Children set the table and gather together to eat lunch (sent from home) with fruits and veggies prepared in class by the children.