BeginnersAges 18 months - 2 years 9 months
From an academic standpoint, the goal of our programs is to ensure that students receive an education that prepares them for middle and high school, for undergraduate and graduate pursuits, and, ultimately, for life. We take this responsibility seriously and it shows! Well-rounded, thoughtful, joyful, inquisitive, and socially responsible: this is the description of a Summit Montessori student.
Beginners Program is designed to meet the developmental needs of children who are just starting on their educational journeys. (Ages 18–36 months)
Our Beginners (Toddlers) Program at Summit is specifically designed to meet the needs of very young children (18 months-3 years) who are in the developmental stage Dr. Montessori described as that of the “absorbent mind”. During this period children are specifically and sensitively attuned to learning through direct experience in the environment. They take in each new experience in a holistic way, embracing sensory experiences, movement, newly acquired language skills, and the social environment as their most potent teachers. The Beginners environment is specifically designed to nurture these very young learners, supporting growth of the “whole child”: social, emotional, physical, psychological, and cognitive.
Building relationships of trust is of extreme importance for our Beginners; we therefore staff our Beginners environment with well qualified, nurturing and supportive adults. The environment is quite intimate and the social grouping specifically small, with a maximum of 9 children enrolled and a 9:2 child/teacher ratio.
In order to support the Beginners’ developing senses of consistency, order and routine, they are enrolled 5 days per week. Children may attend on either a half (8:15am-noon) or full day (8:15am-3 pm) schedule.
The Beginners Curriculum is designed to support the very young child’s natural quest to explore the world in a vigorous, hands-on way. It is a “learning by doing” environment in which each child’s independence is fostered and supported. It is also a social environment in which two-year-olds begin to gain a sense of community.
The Curriculum includes:
- Practical Life activities
- Sensory exploration and discovery
- Language experiences to support the young child’s “sensitive period” for language development
- Pre-math skills & concept development
- Exploration of the natural world
- Physical science activities
- Art and music experiences
- Large motor activities
- Daily contact with the outdoor world
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”
—Dr. Maria Montessori
The Beginners Student
Toddlers are active explorers who are newly aware of themselves as separate, unique people. At this age, children absorb amazing amounts of knowledge from their peers, teachers, and environment. They are developing both fine and gross motor skills and will typically experience amazing growth in spoken language.
- For children ages 18 to 36 months (as of September 1).
- Small class size, capped at 9.
- Student/teacher ratio of 9:2.
- Full and half-day options.