Toddlers Program 12 to 24 Months

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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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Pre-Primary Program 2-3 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 Program 4-5 Years Old

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Our Primary 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.