Dr. Montessori observed that as museums and cathedrals are designed for contemplation and inspiration, so should schools be designed as temples of learning. Every classroom features classical art, music, plants, animals, and beautiful materials.
The entire Montessori learning environment is designed to be supportive of the child. Teachers, classrooms and equipment are carefully selected and prepared to provide a learning environment that is fully equipped and beautifully presented.
The Montessori classroom contains a wide variety of multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials which facilitate the learning of skills and lead to an understanding of abstract concepts. Materials are arranged in graduating order so children can see their progress as they master each task.
The Daisies: 6 Weeks - 12 Months
Blooming Minds infant program is for children ages 6 weeks-12 months. In our infant class, we strive to foster the development of basic trust.
Teachers assist in the natural development of personality, based on unique needs and wants, they respond appropriately to the infant's needs to be loved, respected, and accepted.
We believe that nurturing infants through their senses is very important to the infant so we allow them to observe and move freely while still offering them the holding and feeding comfort they need.
We have created a special routine that we maintain everyday so that the infant feels secure in their environment yet we stay flexible to an infants’ daily need. We pride ourselves in developing a stronger sense of self, self-confidence and independence in infants to start preparing them for our next program.
The Dandelions: 12 Months - 18 Months
The Dandelion program is fun and upbeat! Children work independently to develop critical thinking skills and self confidence from completing work that they have chosen.
Children experiment with objects that help them learn more about colors, shapes, textures, sounds, smells, and tastes. Learning materials consist of high quality Montessori materials, each with a distinct purpose for the child.
Rugs and tables designate activity space; Music, dancing, singing, and art are also a regular part of this classroom. The classroom and curriculum are carefully prepared to meet the needs of the young child without being overly stimulating.
The Daffodils: 18 Months to 2 1/2 Years
Our Daffodil community provides an environment that is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age group. In this setting, the children come to feel that the classroom is their own peaceful, special space where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their environment. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence, and the Montessori toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children.
The primary goal of our Daffodil program is to create a nurturing and secure environment where young children can do what they do best - explore everything! The main focus is language and motor development, assisting the child in developing self-help skills (including toilet-training), and helping children build trust in relationships.
The entire environment is designed to allow the children to explore and to develop concentration and coordination. The teachers observe the children each day and monitor their development and readiness. Social interaction, language skills, independence, food preparation, outdoor play, music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience.
The Wildflowers - 2 1/2 Years - 3 1/2 Years
Our Wildflower Program begins to really dive into the Early Childhood Montessori philosophy- it is a great prerequisite for our Early Childhood Sunflower's program.
The environment is carefully prepared to facilitate exploration and discovery. We have practical life, math, language, science, art, and geography works available for children to explore during work time. Practical life activities include washing hands, wiping tables, pouring water, grasping with tongs, and many others.
Phonic awareness is important for children in this program- they learn how to break apart a word by sounds before they even begin to recognize the written symbols. Once a child recognizes that sounds make up words, the child learns to associate the letters with sounds. For math, children begin to recognize numerical symbols, and they begin to associate quantities with the symbols. Toilet training is also a huge focus for our Wildflowers!
The Sunflowers: 3 1/2 Years - 6 Years
The Sunflower Program allows the child to focus upon ordering their environment and to become familiar with academic concepts through concrete manipulation. A love of learning results which prepares the child for a lifetime of education.
Maria Montessori called this period, from age 3-6, the Absorbent Mind. The Early Childhood classroom is divided into several different areas (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Culture) and within these areas, the exercises are logically organized from simple ideas to the complex, and from concrete to the abstract.
Each area has hands-on materials which are geometrically shaped, simply designed, aesthetic, and suitable for small hands. Interaction with these high-quality materials, rewards the child with a range of sensorial experiences. Our language arts focus includes phonemic awareness with letter boxes and objects to attract and retain children’s interest.
Our Pink reading program emphasize reading and writing words at progressive levels to help children blend syllables and practice writing them. Math is introduced with a variety of concrete materials—all designed to build children’s conceptual awareness. Social studies and science are arranged in integrated thematic units that are rotated monthly- these thematic units include language arts, math, and art curriculum.
Children also participate in movement activities such as dance & yoga daily, which are part of the BMM emphasis on the whole child. Children who are 4+ years participate in "Kindergarten Prep" for 2 hours while the younger friends nap. Kindergarten Prep time is structured for children to have extra time and really excel in language and math.
Kindergarten: Must be 5 by September 10, 2018
The Early childhood Montessori program is designed as a three-year cycle. The third year, or Montessori kindergarten year, is when all the learning that has taken place in the previous two years reaches fruition and a child’s knowledge begins to fall into place. Your child will be challenged to reach his/her potential by his/her Montessori teacher who knows your child incredibly well and so can provide precisely what is needed next. Children build upon what they have learned, experience rapid academic and social growth and their skill level dramatically increases when they are given the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge within the Montessori classroom. Third year students are ready to explode into more complex learning and discovery and they delve into a wealth of new and interesting materials. They are guided to take on more and more complex work, begin to learn time management skills and have an increased set of expectations and privileges in the classroom. These older children also reinforce their academic skills by helping another child, a well-documented way to consolidate knowledge.
Your child has been unconsciously looking forward to being one of the “big kids” in the classroom so when he/she is put into a school where the kindergartners are looked down upon as being in the “baby class” his/her cycle of maturing is interrupted. It is especially unfortunate for a child who is a younger sibling at home to miss this opportunity to shine. This year of leadership gives a child immeasurable self-esteem and intellectual confidence.
A key advantage of staying at our school for the Kindergarten year is that your child’s teacher already knows your child very well so no time is lost at the beginning of the year trying to assess him/her. The gift of this third year can never be taken away and it sets up a child for future academic and social success.
Open For Tours!
We're happy to take you on a tour of our award winning Montessori. Just give us a call or send us an email to schedule a walking tour with one of our directors.
Maegan Brems - Program Director
Jessie Bailey - Assistant Director