Infant Program 6 weeks to 12 Months

The Infant program at New Horizons Montessori Academy is for children 6 weeks to 12 months of age.

Dr. Maria Montessori, the genius behind the magic, who more than 100 years ago, developed a system of education that carries her name all around the world. Dr. Montessori was an Italian physician and educator. Knowing that most learning happens from birth to the age of 3 than any other stage in life, she developed and stressed independence, freedom for the child (within limits), and respect for the child’s development. Dr. Montessori took the initiative to create appropriate materials that are just perfect to enhance the learning development of young children. This is the very reason why children from birth need to be stimulated properly and nurtured being able to explore and grow so as to promote optimal learning in a loving and thoughtfully prepared environment.

At NHMA, we recognize the importance of these beginnings and have implemented the Montessori Method for our youngest children. These activities will support your child’s sense of discovery and encourage independent thought. We have created a serene and beautiful environment for them to absorb, with rich language for them to take in, along with a gentle touch in a very respectful way.

Your child’s classroom is a complete Montessori environment to nurture your child’s curiosity. Well trained and experienced teachers who love and nurture child development, foster peace, and support the sensitive periods of each child. The teacher works with each child to awaken their curiosity and foster in them the potential to achieve within the child’s trust.

Why Begin with Montessori?

NHMA Infant program offers so much more than childcare. The classroom design foster’s your young child’s emerging independence and desire for exploration. The environments are designed to promote your child’s growth in all areas of development. Additionally, our Infant program provides support and guidance for the parents through a program like “Mommy and Me, to promote a healthy lifestyle at home and to incorporate it within the school environment.

What Will Your Child Learn at NHMA?

Your child develops more rapidly in the first 3 years than at any other time in life. During this phase, your child absorbs large amounts of information from the environment through observation and experiences. We understand our role in laying the proper foundation for later learning… keeping in mind the importance of their future in which they will be building upon it.

As with every Montessori program at NHMA, Infant programs will also follow the same guidelines when teaching the curriculum. We will follow your child! Teachers write their observations on each child on a daily basis. Based on the observations, teachers will introduce new age appropriate materials and activities that excite curiosity and stimulate learning. Learning objectives for your child at this age include developing skills such as language, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, and physical coordination.

A good everyday routine is the best foundation for infants. Throughout the months and through every phase, your child will work on activities that promote independence, order , and coordination, as well as support social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. How you touch the baby, talk to the baby, set up their environment, how you respond to their effort to communicate makes a huge difference. Since babies have an absorbent mind, they take in everything in their environment. That’s why a foundation with its enriched environment, where they can explore and feel great about themselves is extremely important. Adults speak with respect in appropriate sentences and in a soft voice when speaking with infants as they are taking in everything that is being said. They just can’t speak back.

Teachers in the class:

  • Observe your infant
  • Offer activities that meet their needs at the time
  • Allow them to move freely on a clean and soft large mat
  • Speak to them softly and with respect and hold rich conversations
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Young Toddler Program 1 to 2 Years

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The Toddler program at New Horizons Montessori Academy is for children 12 months to 2 years of age.  We believe in each child’s growth and development. We implement our  belief with a rich and and well prepared environment designed just for toddlers. In this program we take advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently.Our toddler classroom is a place where the young child begins his/her steps towards independence and self-reliance.

Based on the American Montessori Society, our Toddler Program aims to achieve the following:

  • Foster the development of basic trust
  • Assist in the natural development of personality based on the uniqueness of each child
  • Respond appropriately to the child’s needs to be loved, respected and accepted
  • Nurture toddlers through their senses and allow them to observe and move freely within limited boundaries
  • Foster independent eating
  • Maintain a flexible routine to the child’s needs, yet predictable so that the toddler feels secure in his/her environment
  • Develop a stronger sense of self, self-confidence and independence

We employ the following tools and concepts:

  • Knowledge of Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate for toddlers
  • Knowledge of early childhood development
  • Observational skills to assist the development of each child
  • Responsive environments to meet the child’s curriculum
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Secure and resourceful envionment to meet each child’s developmental needs

Our program is designed to focus on practical life behavior, language improvement, sensory enhancement, math, music, art and science.

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Older Toddler 2-3.6 Years Old

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We all know just how beautiful and crucial these years are. Accordingly, we pledge to prepare our classrooms to be enticing and ready to meet the very needs of our students.

The classroom curriculum includes practical living, sensorial, mathematics, language, science, geography, art, and music education. Our Pre-Primary Program’s curriculum is entirely Montessori based. It is all inclusive and supports the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of each child.

By utilizing the academic materials in the classroom, toddlers learn concentration, coordination, language skills, responsibility and respect. These aspects are vital to a successful transition into primary classroom. For example, in the mathematics area, they are exposed to materials such as “red and blue rods” that help them to develop an awareness of numbers, counting, sorting, classifying, patterning, one-to one correspondence, similarities and differences, observation skills, and basic math operations.

Montessori also exposes children to a variety of scientific areas, presented in simple, easy-to-understand, manipulative forms. They may study leaves- their shapes and colors. They will be able to classify animals, trees, flowers, birds. Children also assist in the care of classroom pets, plants, and a garden. Geography is experienced through globes, puzzle maps, books, stories, music, food, dance, and artifacts from other countries.

Materials in the Pre-Primary classroom are carefully constructed in order to serve the children a sense of satisfaction and independence in their learning. This is the age where they become curious and want to learn on their own. They will have the chance to explore all areas of the classroom hands-on with guidance from their teachers.

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Primary and Kindergarten 3.6 to 6 Years

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Our Primary and Kindergarten Program is designed to facilitate the principles of Montessori in every regard.
Sensorial: The Montessori Materials are scientifically designed by Dr. Maria Montessori to isolate single concept that a child discovers through working with them. These materials are oriented to advance the child’s ability to define qualities such as length, color, shape, color, size, texture, sound and smell. They help to develop the child’s visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory (smelling) and gustatory (tasting) senses.
Many Montessori materials that we use in our primary classroom, such as constructive triangles and trinomial box are concrete representations of mathematical concepts that reappear in later schooling (reappears starting 4th grade in conventional education).
Language: The Montessori environment is rich in oral language opportunities, allowing the child to experience conversations, stories and poetry. The language materials include objects and pictures to be named, matched, labeled and classified to aid vocabulary development. Storybooks, tapes and video equipment are used to acquaint children with the components of a story. The whole language approach is encouraged as children create oral and written stories about interesting events in their lives. For recognition and familiarity of letters, textured letters are used to allow children to feel and see the alphabet. Phonics, workbooks and the movable alphabet lead children toward reading. To further reading development, children are exposed to the study of grammar.
Montessori math materials give children concrete experiences of basic mathematics principals, preparing them for later abstract reasoning, and help to develop problem solving capabilities. For recognition and familiarity of quantity, textured numerals are used to allow children to feel and see their shapes. A sequential array of math materials is available for the children’s discovery into our mathematical world. The emphasis is on using manipulative materials to give the child a solid foundation for the abstract math work he/she will do in later years.
Science: Biology, Botany, and Zoology are presented as extensions of the sensorial and language activities. We teach students about various aspects of science, earth, nature, and specific themes such as botany, study of animals, dinosaurs, galaxies, earth science, and physical science.
Geography: Children about people and cultures in other countries with an attitude of respect and admiration. Through familiarities, children come to feel connected to the global human family. Lessons and experiences with nature inspire a respect for all life. To teach more about our world, we use materials to teach land and water forms, maps, parts of the world globes, and world cultures.
Art and Music: The comprehensive art and music programs give children every opportunity to enjoy a variety of creative activities, as well as gain knowledge of famous artists.