Phase 1: Infants, Toddlers, Twos (0-3 years)
During the first three years of life, the brain absorbs and process more information than at any other time in life. After birth it takes up to two years for the neurons in the cerebellum, which control movement, to fully mature. Maria Montessori identified the primary sensitive periods for the birth to three year olds to be movement, language, orientation to the environment and order. These are the areas we focus on in our infant, toddler and twos classrooms.
Phase 2: Children’s House (3-6 years)
As children begin phase two of their educational experience, they enter the early childhood classroom as a Novice. They are just beginning to grasp ideas in language and math and it is the teacher’s job to immerse them into this world. As they enter their second year, they become Practitioners , which means they are grasping skills and concepts more independently but still need guidance from the teacher. As they enter year three they are now Masters. This is the year all of their knowledge and skills are consolidated and solidified. The children become independent and mentor the younger students.
About Agape Montessori School:
Established in 1993, our Montessori program focuses on intellectual, physical, social, and emotional growth for each child. We provide outstanding care and educational experiences that stimulate and encourage exploration into all facets of the child’s environment. While we provide a secure daycare environment, our emphasis is on the education and development of our children.
Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) was an Italian doctor who developed this method of “prepared environment” teaching. The Montessori Method of teaching is recognized around the world for providing quality education for children. Dr. Montessori believed in children and created various learning aids to enable them to learn about themselves and their environment. Each classroom provides five important learning areas: