We offer weekly and three-days/week programs.
Infants: 6 Weeks - 15 Months
Montessori for infants involves creating a safe and interactive environment that allows them to practice skills such as grasping, crawling, and walking. By providing age-appropriate toys and materials, teachers guide infants develop their sensory and motor skills, as well as their cognitive abilities.
Twos: 24 - 36 Months
In our classroom for 2 years olds, children begin to do more complex multi-step work. This prepares them for our preschool class. They learn a basic sense of quantity and numbers and simple research into animals. Teachers also create station learning for many sensory and motor materials, which focus on identifying and continuing patterns
Toddlers 16 - 24 Months
A Montessori classroom for toddlers safely supports a child’s drive to do things independently, developing confidence and a sense of competence. This is the time for children to explore and discover through active play. In addition, our educators give toddlers responsive, individualized attention to help build skills in:
- Sensory and Perception
- Physical and Motor Skills
- Social and Emotional Growth
Pre-Kindergarten: 3, 4, 5 Year Olds
The Montessori Pre-K program offers a unique, mixed-age classroom environment, for children approximately 3 to 5 years old. Children engage in individual learning experiences, as well as one-on-one interactions.
As children get older, they tend to see things that adults find ordinary as very interesting and special. Practical life exercises like sorting, pouring, or washing dishes absorb them completely.
We recognize this as the beginning of control and coordination of mind and body. That’s why Pre-K teachers focus lessons around tangible, hands-on experiences.
Children use concrete materials to learn math; movable alphabet letters to explore language; and cubes, cylinders and other objects to categorize, find spatial relationships, learn the phonetic sounds of each letter and more. Practical learning experiences explore key subjects including:
- Science and Nature
- Music and Movement
- Cooking and Nutrition
- Cultural Awareness
- Language Arts
- Physical motor skills both large and small
During this program, students have homework time, snack time, and activities. Public school buses transport children before and after school.
First School’s Summer Camp program is jam-packed with educational activities for entering 1st-grade – 6th-Grade children. The program promotes independent learning with rich language and exploration with onsite and travel experiences. First School has weekly field trips, splash days, library visits, and time at our local parks. A few of our many off-site adventures include:
- Prairie Farms
- Lake of The Woods Museum and Botanical Gardens.
- Gibson City Pool.
… and more! As a result, your child will never be bored.
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