The first few years of a child’s life are crucial to his or her personality and intellectual development. Young children need not only love, emotional nurturance, and a healthy physical environment, but also an environment that promotes their very real need to learn. The Montessori approach provides a basis for individualized learning activities, appropriate for even the earliest stages of a child’s development.
The purpose of our Young Children’s Community is to encourage, assist and protect the normal development of each child. Children in the program flourish in a prepared environment that respects, supports, and responds to their basic needs for independence, exploration, and the building of trust and self-esteem. We refer to this space as a ‘community’, instead of a classroom, because the children are learning to participate in a cooperative group, as they experience their first contact with other children.
The curriculum is based on developing the child’s social, emotional, sensory, perceptual, physical, motor, language, and self-help skills. Dr. Montessori emphasized the need for a rich environment and noted the speed at which children can develop: “If our own adult ability be compared with the child’s, we should need sixty years of hard work to do what he or she does in three.”