Harborlight Montessori offers an Infant and Toddler Program located on campus in a separate building specifically designed for children under three. Our highly qualified, Montessori Infant-Toddler professionals are highly dedicated to their work with children between four months and three years. They carefully prepare a learning environment with a comprehensive understanding of brain development and a compassionate respect for the child’s personality unfolding. Each classroom is peaceful, responsive, and highly attractive to the child’s emerging independence and exploration.
During these crucial years, young children are provided a balance of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional stimulation in order to reach their optimum level of development. Understanding, caring, self-discipline, self-awareness, care of self, and care of the environment are incorporated into a creative curriculum that becomes each child’s daily routine.
Parent involvement is essential to each child’s successful transition, continued happiness, and well-being at school. Beginning with a slow and sensitive orientation, together, the parents and the children gain trust and security in the environment. A parent stays with the child until the teacher feels the child is ready to separate from the parent.
The relationship between the child, the teachers, and the prepared environment are interrelated and interdependent. The adult’s relationship with the child is one of assurance, which is established and sustained through individual attention and sensitive interactions. With guidance, the child is allowed to follow his own interests and readiness in choosing activities.
Our unique home-like atmosphere makes the child’s first school experience a natural transition. Young children are encouraged to explore independently and through this independence begin to develop a sense of security and competence that enhance their abilities and sense of self.
The materials used in the infant and toddler environments are based on the young child’s unique propensity for learning. Children experience the excitement of discovery because they feel free to choose materials that are designed to expand their curiosity. Acquiring information in this way is a natural and delightful activity for the young child who employs all his senses to investigate his interesting surroundings.