NIDO 12-18 MONTHS
The Nido environment is a special place with many characteristics of the home. Children are met with warmth, love, and care and encouraged to explore in this safe and caring place. The open floor area in the Nido environment facilitates the development of movement with stairs to climb, room for crawling and low shelves and rails to pull up on. The materials in the class are designed to aid coordination and grasping and the environment is rich with language, music and activity. Guides in the Nido have the necessary patience, warmth and affection needed to care for infants.
CASITA 19 MONTHS-35 MONTHS
The Casita environment serves children who are comfortably walking in a small and intimate setting that is thoughtfully prepared to appeal to the toddler-aged child. The room incorporates many familiar aspects of the home while offering opportunities for social engagement, independent work, and exploration. Children develop greater independence and confidence through practical life work such food preparation, caring for an outdoor garden, and setting the table for lunch. Materials in the classroom are designed to strengthen coordination, refine the senses, expand language skills and help the child develop positive work habits in a smaller supportive community.
CASA 3-6 YEARS OLD
Each Children’s House environment incorporates the five core Montessori curriculum areas for this age group – practical life, sensorial, math, language and culture. The classrooms offer a rich environment that encourages exploration and offers opportunities for collaborative learning.
The Learning Child Montessori Academy is committed in holistic development, that is why we provide extra activities as part of our programming. We place high value for children to learn other important life skills such as teamwork, problem-solving skills and other things they will need to grow up into well-balanced adults.
Music and Movement
EVENING AND WEEKENDS
Offers support to families who work non-traditional hours. We make children feel at home by providing a home like setting. We take time to get to know your child with information you provide to ensure they feel at home and their day or sleeping routine is followed to make them feel as comfortable as possible. We have routines such as story-telling and relaxed child-initiated play. Our professional staff provide a nurturing, supportive environment with a little less structure but lots of fun.
Every summer-July and August, to complement our Montessori program we offer our students weekly thematic fun experience. Each week, children will take part in exciting activities, projects, outdoor games and more all related to a week's theme(Mini Einstein, Culinary Week, Artist in Me, etc.).
The Montessori Approach
A Montessori education is an “education for life”. Learning is a hands-on where students learn by trial, error and discovery within a prepared environment. This approach is responsive to individual learning styles and allows the child to progress at their best pace. Each child becomes fully engaged in the learning process.
We believe that by helping each child to discover their own unique talents and possibilities we prepare them to succeed in the real world of ideas, enterprise and challenging perspectives. We help children “learn how to learn” so they will be ready for the ever-changing world of tomorrow by:
Inspiring children to think for themselves. Instead of presenting the “right answer” we try to ask the “right question” and challenge them to find new solutions and discover the answers for themselves
Helping students to become effective, self-organized learners by encouraging them to do their own research, analyze what they have found, and come to their own conclusions
Keeping the joy of learning alive by providing intriguing learning materials and encouraging them to investigate, explore, discover and think creatively
Exposing students to diverse perspectives and teaching them to respect different points of view which provides them with valuable life skills such as peaceful conflict resolution and interpersonal communication
Montessori educated children tend to grow up to be:
Leaders, life-long learners, independent & responsible, resilient, self-confident & enthusiastic, compassionate and kind.
Inquiry Based Learning
This approach invites children to take center stage in their own learning. Children pose meaningful questions and are encouraged to solve problems by experimenting and evaluating possible solutions.
We help children “learn how to learn” so they will be ready for the ever-changing world of tomorrow by providing sensory rich experiences for children to explore, discover and ask questions;
Provoking children’s curiosity with a variety of experiences that integrate curriculum with student’s interests;
Asking open-ended questions to prompt deeper thinking
MULTI AGE GROUP
Mirroring real-life, our class is composed of mixed age group. Some benefits include:
Eliminates competition because children work at their own pace.
Children learn from each other.
Peer modeling and mentoring.
Distinctive Characteristics of our classroom:
• The classroom is a carefully prepared and ordered environment to meet the developmental needs of each child.
• Children work in mixed age groups in the prepared environment.
•Children work at their own pace in a child-centred, director-facilitated environment.
• Children work both individually and cooperatively to develop social responsibility and communication skills.
• Children choose their own work independently from the presentations they have received.
• Children begin with concrete materials and move to abstraction when they understand the concept.
• A three-hour work cycle gives the children an opportunity to build concentration.
• Transition from one stage to another is predicted upon the child’s readiness rather than chronological age.
• Discipline in the classroom is a balance between freedom and responsibility to develop the whole child.
• The classroom is a secure, relaxed and happy place for children to learn.
• The atmosphere in the class is non-competitive with natural consequences instead of rewards and punishments.