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Toddler/Prep

18 Months - 3 Years

The goals of the Toddler/Prep class are to give the child a positive first experience at school and to help him/her gain independence and self-confidence.The Toddler/Prep class may be one of the child’s first opportunities to begin to learn the negotiations of socialization. Children and their families are helped through the separation process and invited into a warm Montessori environment.

Trained teachers provide practical life activities, sensorial exploration, art media exploration, and pre-reading/pre-math experiences. Language development is aided through songs, stories, and social interactions with peers and teachers. The Toddler/Prep class brings out the 18 month to three year olds’ capacity for fun and joy in learning.

Morning Program Schedule

  • 08:50 - 09:10 a.m.

    Drop-off and welcoming of the children

  • 09:10 - 10:45 a.m.

    Circle / Work time

  • 10:45 - 11:15 a.m.

    Playground activities

  • 11:15 - 11:45 a.m.

    Work time

  • 11:45 - 12:00 p.m.

    Calendar / story / end of day

  • 12:00 - 12:15 p.m.

    Pickup

Toddler/Prep Program Goals

Communication Development

Supporting your child's verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills for connecting with family, friends, and beyond.

  • Listening to and following directions
  • Naming people, animals, colors, and shapes
  • Singing, poems, and naming games
  • Participating during circle time
  • Practicing responding to adults and children
  • Identifying feelings

Growing Brain Power

Providing an enriched environment and the personal relationships to make the most of your child's amazing brainpower.

  • Sensory learning through sight, touch, smell, taste, and listening
  • Matching simple objects to pictures
  • Sorting by color
  • Grading largest to smallest
  • Gaining independence through daily-living activities

Growing Brain Power

Helping your child develop trust, self-confidence, and problem solving skills for positive relationships with friends, parents, and teachers.

  • Developing trust with teachers and friends through example, playing, and participating
  • Using words with other children for social interaction
  • Practicing taking turns
  • Developing friendships through side by-side play

Helping Healthy Bodies Flourish

Supporting your child's verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills for connecting with family, friends, and beyond.

  • Learning good eating habits with healthy snacks
  • Beginning to use the toilet when ready
  • Practicing hand washing
  • Developing large muscles by running, climbing, and using the balance beam

Creativity and Individual Expression

Promoting an atmosphere that inspires your child's unique character through art, movement, music, and dramatic play.

  • Practicing imagination with indoor and outdoor playhouses, dolls, animals, and cars and trucks
  • Songs and instruments for rhythm awareness
  • Exploring a wide variety of art media
  • Movement and music specialists for scheduled circle times

Primary Morning & Afternoons

3 - 5 Years

These classes are held from 9 AM to noon and 1 PM to 4 PM , depending on location. The Primary class offers children a multi-age community in which to explore the Montessori prepared environment. This multi-age grouping (ages 3-5 years) is successful because the older child learns by being the leader in the classroom, and the younger child learns by observing the older child. This environment is intended to serve the child for three years.

The overall goals of this classroom are order, concentration, coordination, and independence. The children enjoy self-directed activities and experiences in the different areas of the classroom. Each area of the classroom — practical life, sensorial, language, math, cultural subjects (sciences), and art/music — is designed to invite the child to choose focused, purposeful work.

The children come together daily at circle for songs, poems, stories, demonstrations of work, games, and opportunities for expressive language and social development. The Preschool/Prekindergarten class supports the child’s sense of wonder and blossoming personhood.

Welcome to Montessori

Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.

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