Nido Environment (Infants)
The SpringStone Nido classrooms are happy and have a peaceful feel environment. The Nido (Italian for “nest”) infant program welcomes children as young as 8 weeks of age. It is a place where each child is treated as an individual to be nurtured with love and respect. Teachers speak in gentle tones and provide a comfortable and loving atmosphere to our babies. At this age, it is important to follow natural rhythmic patterns so our Nido teachers work with parents daily to determine the best sleeping and eating schedule for their child. There is one teacher for every four children.
At SpringStone Montessori, we understand that infancy is a crucial time for brain development.
Upon entering the environment, you will find a room that is designed for mobility and fosters growth with age-appropriate materials that build and challenge cognitive and sensory abilities. The room has a natural simplistic feel with soft lighting yet has characteristics of order and space for freedom and movement. This predictability inspires confidence and trust. As babies explore and discover their environment, they are absorbing all of the experiences around them. Dr. Maria Montessori called this “The Absorbent Mind.” That is why we have taken the time to custom create the ideal environment for the first years of life. Rest assured your child is in the best hands at SpringStone!
We believe our toddler program sets the foundation for their future. Your child will be learning from day one. Our focus is building independence, a sense of order, and allowing the child to explore in a nurturing and safe environment.
Our certified teachers work individually with the child. The students will have the freedom to explore any task that they wish in our classroom with the teacher’s guidance. This approach prepares the child to develop self-confidence both socially and emotionally to be able to advance to the next level of learning in this stage of development.
One of the main focuses is toilet training. We approach this time with patience and respect for the child.
We consider our relationship with the parents a true partnership together. We can help your child develop a love of learning. We invite you to come to see one of our toddler passions in action. Schedule your tour today!
It is our main goal in our three to six year old program is to get your child ready for kindergarten. The five distinct areas of a Montessori classroom are:
- Practical Life
Each child receives lessons in each area and advances at their own pace.
Our low student-to-teacher ratios allow them to get individualized attention while reaching their academic potential. Our experienced and certified teachers place a strong emphasis on math and reading.
We also offer several different enrichment programs, among them; Spanish, art, music, gardening, and sign language.
In addition to academics, we help build life skills that last a lifetime. For instance, using polite words properly, greeting one another, and how to solve conflicts among friends.
The learning doesn’t stop in the classroom we also take it outdoors. This is a time when children are able to focus on imaginative play, build motor skills and have fun with friends.
Our private kindergarten and lower elementary classrooms offer distinct advantages over the public system.
Another major plus in our program is our low student-to-teacher ratio, which allows our certified teachers more one-on-one time to help our children reach their goals.
The first thing you’ll notice in our rooms is that there are no desks. It creates a comfortable learning environment that allows a child to explore and discover.
Our curriculum is tailored to each individual. Not only do we meet the National Common Core standards, we exceed them. There is no limit to what your child can learn.
If your child is advancing more quickly than others, they’ll continue to be challenged in our classrooms to reach higher goals. They will not be held back by a set curriculum.
We invite you to come in and learn more about our private kindergarten and lower elementary classrooms.
Our Kindergarten through 3rd grade room is a place full of maps, books, models and materials used for Montessori education. The Lower Elementary program is designed to incorporate collaboration among peers. The older students become leaders and help model activities to the younger students. The younger students are inspired by the older students and in turn strive to accomplish their lessons.
Through observation, teachers outline individual plans for each child’s developmental level. Children are encouraged to learn both in cooperation with each other and independently. A multi-age group, 5-9 years of age, provides a community of support. Our elementary classroom typically has 15-22 children, with a Lead Licensed Teacher and an Assistant Teacher.
Some of the areas of instruction are: Grammar, Literature, Writing, Geography Math/Geometry, Zoology, Botany and Social Emotional Studies. We blend Montessori education with traditional education by offering math and reading textbooks to help students be well-rounded and prepared for any future school setting.