Montessori on the Lake has a class designed specifically for children who have had their 2nd birthday, between 24 and 36 month of age. The ratio for two years of age is 1:6 adults to children. Inside the Twos classroom is child sized furniture and sinks with low counters. There are small sized toilets to facilitate potty training. The Montessori curriculum is introduced; circle time, work time, playground, lunch and nap are all on a consistent schedule that is comfortable, as two year olds love routine. The classroom allows their new sense of autonomy and independence to flourish where they can explore, discover, develop language skills and vocabulary, and learn to express their feelings. Our lead teachers, Ms. Kayla and Ms. Janelle are both experienced, warmhearted, supportive and outgoing.
In the Montessori Preschool classroom, exploration and discovery are how a child becomes educated. They master their bodies, develop social skills, and learn to solve problems. A world that is rich in texture, color, developmentally appropriate materials and the beauty of nature is at their reach.
Respect for the child and the understanding that each child is an individual are the principles upon which our teachers are trained. Our teachers help guide the children in our prepared classrooms and model qualities the children will develop: curiosity, respect, compassion, humor, and honesty. We have 6 well-established, Montessori certified preschool teachers, all of whom care deeply about their role in the childrens lives.
Both the lessons and the materals available in our preschool classrooms cover the full scope of traditional Montessori Materials including the 5 basic areas of the classroom. Exercises for daily living skills (Practical Life), Math and Language, materials that enliven the child’s exploration of touch, texture, sound, color and shape (Sensorial), and cultural subjects including Art, Music, Science, Geography and Botany. There is also a lenghthy free playtime to explore the natural setting of our playgrounds. This unstructured playtime is very important to allow the children to use imaginary play, which is an essential componment of learning at ths age.