Infant & Toddler

Program

North Star is pleased to offer the FIRST Parent-Infant and Parent-Toddler Montessori program in Western Canada.

Why is it so important to expose your child to this type of program at this age?

For the Child: Our classes provide your child with a beautiful environment and stimulating materials to aid him or her in self-development. As human beings we develop our intelligence by learning through our five senses and particularly through the relationship between the hand and the brain. These specifically designed learning materials will aid your child during the rapid period of absorption and brain growth that occurs during the first three years of life.

For the Parent: The goal is to help parents understand what your child is going through. We work in collaboration by providing you with the knowledge and tools to understand your child’s specific developmental patterns and abilities.  This will allow you to best respond to your child’s needs and provide him/her the optimal environment at home as well.

** Session times are 8:40-10:10am, 10:40-12:10pm, and 12:40-2:10pm

2014-01-13 10.59.42The Parent-Infant Program (2 to 15 months): Offered Monday

Picture a place where you and your infant are free to explore and enjoy a Montessori environment, learning from each others movements and reactions.

The focus of this unique program is to aid parents as they experience the first year of their child’s life, using Montessori methods and materials.

One morning each week parents and infants come together for 1 ½ hours with the facilitator to experience an environment set up to encourage development of movement, acquisition of language, and refinement of visual, auditory, and tactile perception.

Free Activity Time:  All children have free activity time for the first hour of the class.  During this time, the facilitator will move around the classroom, introducing materials to each child individually, depending on his/her age and ability.  You are then encouraged to direct your child to the activities he/she has been shown.  When your child is engaged in an activity, slowly pull back and observe.  We want to encourage repetition and concentration as much as possible.  When your child becomes disinterested or is finished with a material, it is returned to the shelf or put in the washing bin.  During this time the facilitator will also do some small group lessons with the children and provide parents with information regarding child development and the Montessori Method.                                                        

Snack Time:  After the first hour, the children will sit for snack for approximately 15-20 minutes.  The tables will be put together and we will set up a placemat, plate, glass, fork and spoon for each child.  You will sit across from your child and aid him/her with eating.  You are required to bring your own snack from home as we appreciate that each family’s weaning choices are different.  Soft crackers and water are provided.

Circle Time: The last 10 minutes of class is spent as a group singing and playing instruments.

 

The Parent-Toddler Program (15 to 36 months): Offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Toddlers are curious. It’s this probing nature that drives them to discover the world in which they live.

This program encourages parents to give their child independence to investigate on his or her own. This allows the young explorers to develop budding skills, such as fine and gross motor coordination and visual discrimination, through the senses and learning materials.

Classes are offered once or twice a week for 1 ½ hours. This gives the parents the chance to observe their child as he or she builds relationships with other toddlers, and to acquire insight into their child from a Montessori perspective. At the end of each class, children participate in a nutritious group snack and come together to sing songs and play instruments.

Free Activity Time:  All children have free activity time for the first hour of the class.  During this time, the facilitator will move around the classroom, introducing materials to each child individually, depending on his/her age and ability.  You are then encouraged to direct your child to the activities he/she has been shown.  When your child is engaged in an activity, slowly pull back and observe.  We want to encourage repetition and concentration as much as possible.  When your child becomes disinterested or is finished with a material, encourage your child to return it to the shelf.  During this time the facilitator will also do some small group lessons with the children and provide parents with information regarding child development and the Montessori Method.                                                        

Snack Time:  After the first hour, the children will sit for snack for approximately 15-20 minutes.  The chime will sound and the children will finish their work and come and wipe their hands. The tables will be put together and the children will set up their own placemat, plate, glass, fork and spoon for each child.  It is important for your child to sit in the same spot each week.  This provides your child with consistency and independence. The children will be served an organic, nutritious snack provided by North Star which includes banana, cucumber, egg, crackers, etc.  We ask that each week a different family bring 2 pieces of the same fruit; one cut up for snack and one for naming.

Circle Time: The last 10 minutes of class is spent as a group singing and playing instruments.

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