Pre-Primary (Age 18 months-3 years)
Teacher to Child Ratio: 1:5
"There are many who hold, as I do, that the most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man's intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed."
Dr. Maria Montessori
The Pre-primary environment is more than a mere classroom, it is a home away from home for children ages 18 to 36 months. Our classrooms are designed to meet the independent and curious nature of a toddler, allowing them to freely explore in a beautiful, carefully prepared environment that is just their size. We welcome toddlers in diapers and pull-ups and are eager to advise and support your toilet training efforts for your toddler when they are ready.
Under the careful guidance of Montessori-trained toddler teachers our children engage in practical life pursuits, such as dressing, hand washing and gardening, as well as pre-reading activities, puzzles, art, music and conversation. Independence is fostered by allowing the child to choose from a variety of activities that he or she can accomplish with success. The daily practice of these activities enhances the child’s ability to communicate with confidence, move with grace, and develop self-reliance.
Through social interactions, Toddlers discover what it means to be a member of a group, thus learning how to communicate their desires and needs in a gracious and effective way. They are given the tools to develop not only their confidence but their midos that will serve them, and their communities,throughout their lives. There is strong focus on davening, brachos, and minchagim.