In classic, Montessori style, classrooms are designed for discovering the child through an open, welcoming environment with the following qualities:
• Spacious and bright
• Conducive to learning
Nido (Infant Classroom)
Babies from 2-14 months of age, or when they’re ready.
“Nido” is an Italian and Spanish word meaning “nest.”
The Nido protects and provides learning experiences for the youngest children.
The infant’s primary goals in the first year of life are:
- Development of movement
- Weaning process
- Independence – “The ability to do for oneself”
Infant Community (IC) – Toddler Classroom
Ages 1-3 years, or when they’re ready
Infant Communities are very special environments. As the baby grows, the physical environment takes on increasing significance. An environment is required that differs greatly from that of the infant, yet continues to meet the child’s need for warmth and nurturing.
Primary (Preschool Classroom)
Children, ages 3-6 years
Thoughtfully prepared environments that foster independence, concentration, self-motivation and lifelong love of learning. Dr. Montessori created materials which aid in the intellectual development of the child. The materials are self-correcting and utilize all the senses in learning.