Brazos Learning Montessori School offers a welcoming, stimulating environment that cultivates your child’s independence, self-esteem and social & academic potential, with an individualized curriculum that will lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.
Toddler Program Ages 18 months – 3 years
Our toddler program welcomes children between 18 and 36 months of age. In Montessori classroom environments, a larger student to guide ratio is encouraged, so as to promote independence in the students. Our classroom ratios are capped at 1:9, with a maximum classroom size of 18 students.
Primary objectives of the toddler program are as follows:
- Self care: Students learn the basics of handwashing, nose blowing, and toileting, as well as how to feed themselves
- Care for the environment: Students help with cleaning up after projects, and caring for the classroom environment, dusting, sweeping, and cleaning up after meals or snacks, as well as plant or animal care
- Gross motor skills: Students are encouraged to move freely about the classroom, walking, running, and climbing are encouraged in gym and outdoor play time
- Fine motor skills: The “pincher” grip needed for handling small objects (such as pencils, or eating utensils) is practiced and encouraged, along with art projects and and using other tools. Wrist movement activities pair with the pincher grip to build a solid foundation for writing later on in life.
- Language: Classroom guides speak extensively with students, encouraging them to use language skills whenever possible. Also, specialized materials encourage students to name objects and group them appropriately. Music activities also encourage students to develop essential skills
- Social skills: Developing proper manners is stressed through grace and courtesy lessons, constantly practiced and reinforced in classroom activity
The Montessori toddler classroom encourages your child to develop independence and confidence, while also fostering a sense of belonging and teaching essential social skills. For more information, please feel free to contact us or schedule a tour to see our beautiful toddler environments.
Early childhood Ages 3-6 years
Our Montessori Early Childhood Program is based on the three-year cycle. Each child has the option to move through the curriculum independently or collaborate with others. This flexible structure allows students to develop leadership skills and self-discipline while learning how to learn. The class is ungraded, but students will receive regular assessments from teachers.
The Early Childhood classroom offers your child 5 areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Cultural Studies.
Practical Life – Children learn daily life skills, such as how to get dressed, prepare snacks, set the table, and care for plants and animals. They also learn appropriate social skills , such as saying please and thank-you, being kind and helpful, listening without interrupting, and resolving conflicts peacefully. In addition Practical Life activities promote independence, and fine- and gross-motor coordination.
Sensorial – Children hone their ability to describe and name their experiences, classifying their surroundings, and creating order. Sensorial learning lays the foundation for learning math, geometry, and language.
Math – Through hands-on activities, children learn to identify numerals and match them to their quantity, understand place-value and the base-10 system. They also practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. With an exploratory approach, children do more than just memorize math facts; they gain a firm understanding of the meaning behind them.
Language – Language-driven activities help children acquire vocabulary and develop skills needed for writing and reading. Using hands-on materials, children learn letter sounds, how to combine sounds to make words, how to build sentences, and how to use a pencil. Once these skills are acquired, children spontaneously learn to read.
Cultural Studies – Subjects like history, geography, science, art, and music are integrated in the cultural area of the curriculum. Children learn about their own community and the world around them. Discovering similarities and differences among people and places helps children develop an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of our world, and a respect for all living things.