NURSERY SCHOOL
(Ages 6weeks - 3years)
EXPLORE
MORNING ROUTINE
Our lead educators are available for drop-off at the classroom as early as 7am, where you can touch base on notes pertinent to your child's day.
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HOW WE FOSTER INDEPENDENCE
Independence is a cornerstone of Montessori and, in many ways, the work of the Nursery level student, who gains skills through careful practice.
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PREPARED ENVIRONMENT
Our classrooms are an extension of the home, as well as the curriculum. In this intentional setting, we're bringing tools that may appear to be simple structures or d├ęcor to your child's level to entice autonomy that yields growth.
Eve and Hollis are using the parallel bars to balance while standing. When they're ready, they'll use this structure to practice balancing while walking as well.
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FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
This involves safe freedom, within limits, and adequate space to move around, while developing varied gross and fine motor skills.
Chloe is learning object permanence while Dylan is working with a material that bolsters sorting, depth perception, and other fine motor skills.
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WORK CYCLE
The setup of the classroom grows along with the child's developmental capabilities. Independent choice is invoked, while teachers give lessons on new materials to children in real time.
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COMMUNITY
Community is an important component of the Montessori classroom. We explore this through inviting everyone for reading or an activity, by engaging in family-style lunch and snack, and by showing care for others and our environment.
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CARE FOR OTHERS & THE ENVIRONMENT
Our classrooms give the students the tools they need to display care for environment. They build confidence through this ongoing task, while learning to take responsibility. Teachers and older children role model this practice in real time and lend help and encouragement wherever needed.
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NATURE
Exploring Nature is a cornerstone of the Montessori curriculum, and having time to move around and gain fresh air makes a huge difference in your child's day.

Monday through Friday, we make daily efforts to:

  • Visit our playground or a nearby park
  • Go for a walk
  • Bring elements of nature into the classroom
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HITTING RESET
While Infants are on their own schedule for some time, children grow toward napping in their classrooms for two designated hours each afternoon.
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ROUTINE
Students wake up recharged and ready to repeat aspects of their working time in the afternoon.
These toddlers are enjoying time in community time as they grab staggered snacks and engage in varied levels of toileting. This prepares them for additional working time during the afternoon.
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ENRICHMENTS
Each Nursery Level student enjoys weekly or biweekly Enrichments, such as:

  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Physical Education, beginning in our Pre-Primary classrooms.

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EXTRACURRICULARS
Once in a Pre-Primary (2-3) classroom, weekly extracurricular classes such as ballet, yoga, and soccer are also available for enrollment after 3:30pm.
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SUMMER PROGRAMMING

Over the Summer months, students spend increased time in the outdoors and hosting events on-site.

Here are some fun vendor's we've hosted in the past:

  • Mr. Dave's
  • Bubble's Academy
  • Travelling petting zoo
  • Yoga with Buddha Belly
  • Kid's Clay Room
  • Kid's Table
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ALL-DAY MONTESSORI
We practice all-day Montessori programming. Children are developing motor skills, working with materials, immersed in nature, or engaged in projects geared toward independence until pick-up.
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Our nursery level consists of students 6 weeks to 3-plus years of age. The classrooms are thoughtfully and beautifully prepared environments that meet the overall developmental needs of the youngest children in our school community. They are equipped with natural materials that promote discovery and self-directed learning to foster independence.

 



NURSERY CURRICULUM

The Nursery program is fully accredited by the American Montessori Society and licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Each classroom has (at least one) credentialed Montessori lead teacher. Our large, spacious rooms and all-natural learning materials make our Nursery program feel like an extension of the home.

 

SUBJECTS & SKILLS

Our nursery classrooms are an extension of the home. Our nursery staff is warm, engaging, and friendly. Nurturing and Safety are our first priorities. The adults in the environment act as guides to support learning in the following areas:

  • Language and cognition
  • Care of self and environment
  • Socio-emotional health
  • Fine and gross motor skills