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
At this stage children are transitioning out of life as an infant and are introduced to a whole new world- the life of a toddler.
The Dandelion Program offers a rich, safe and loving environment where the children are encouraged to develop motor and social skills, experiment with the practice of self skills, and discover colors, shapes, textures, sounds, smells and tastes.
The classroom and curriculum are carefully prepared to meet the needs of the young child without being overly stimulating.
The Daffodils: 18 Months - 2 1/2 Years
The Daffodil Program is a 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 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 - 5 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.
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 Brems - Assistant Director