The NIDO environment is a special environment meant to replicate the home. In the NIDO, the children will be met with warmth, love, care and respect. The adults in the classroom aide the child has he develops hand-eye coordination, grasping skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language and coordination of their body through movement.
Our NIDO program provides a comforting place to breastfeed and learn skills to aid in the development of the infant as well as weaning when ready, preparation for toileting skills, and having a gentle physical separation. Transitioning to the toddler room
The student/ guide ratio in the infant room is 3:1. Ms. Lauren Bolar is AMI certified in the A to I (Assistants to Infancy) from the Montessori Institute of San Diego. She has been with TMS, since 1999 and has been a personal nanny for children ages newborn to 12. She believes in the child and in the importance of the combination of the Montessori Philosophy and the educated adult. She is CPR and first aid certified.
The NIDO program provides parent education on how to set up the home for the infant, how to care for the infant in the home environment, and how to make mobiles and developmental aids. We also provide information about infant development and age-appropriate behaviors and skills.
- Ability to drink from a bottle (if bottle feelings are needed)
Classroom specific information
- Bring bottles/ food in a lunch box
- Label all belongings
- All diaper/rash/ medication/ teething aids must have a medical release form filled out
- Breast milk/ formula and bottles are provided by the parent. Each child must have accessibility to 18 ounces of milk each day. If the infant runs out of his/ her milk, please be prepared to bring more milk or have an early pickup day.
- Please remove shoes before entering the classroom
- Visiting parents are granted access through the elementary gate. Please call before visits.
- If your child uses cloth diapers a wet bag must be provided every day. In the event a wet bag is not provided; the child will use paper diapers for the day
- Daily reports (bottles, diapering, sleep) are recorded and available daily
- Please provide 3 pairs of extra clothes to be kept at school
- Bed/ crib
- Mattress covers
- Blankets (a blanket from home can be brought in)
- Food/ milk storage
- Weaning/solid foods
- Extra clothing
**Please leave your schedule open the first week your child attends school. An early pick up may be needed.
Well children belong at school. We strive to keep our environment clean and as healthy as possible. Please refer to our sick policy regarding illness. Sick children must remain home for 24 hours’ symptom-free before returning to school. If your child requires a doctor’s visit, a doctor’s clearance note must be faxed/ emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org before the child may return to school.
The NIDO program will provide all the necessary developmental aids for the child. Please leave toys, pacifiers and any other additional belongings at home.
Toddler Education Program
o childhood. As the toddlers gradually become comfortable in their new environment they learn to trust the teachers and other children around them. Practical life activities in the classroom are given to aid in the child’s intellect, will, and movement and to aid the child in his path to independence.
The toddler program also appropriately accommodates the very young child’s sensitive period for language by offering creative and intriguing concepts to expand their growing vocabularies. Joining conversations, listening to stories, classifying objects and learning songs and poems all nurture their budding language skills. To help smooth their initial social interactions, the toddlers also learn to use words for the feelings they experience in themselves and others. Many of the activities in the toddler program highlight the self–help skills that lead to independence. Children are gently urged to hang up their own coats and aprons and to solve a problem rather than say, “I can’t”. Since this is an age of very strong imitation, the teachers constantly model appropriate social skills, good manners and consideration of others.
Through song, dance and freedom of choice, the toddlers have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl or skip. These exercises, as well as creative art activities, are offered for each child to choose. This freedom in a safe space is crucial to the toddler program. However it is always tempered by two important limits that will be beneficial for a lifetime — respect for others and respect for the environment.
A parents’ Guide to the Montessori Class-room‖ By Aline D. Wolf
Tempe Montessori School offers a five day a week toddler program with AMI certified Head guides and an assistant. Children can attend either full days or half days. The Toddler program carries a 6:1 ratio. The toddler program at TMS provides an environment for the child to gain independence, self respect and respect for others, language skills, potty learning skills and an opportunity to fine tune all of their senses. The children in the Toddler Program participate in nature walks, arts, movement, baking, cooking, have interaction with their animals and if old enough, can participate in the aftercare activities. The toddler guides provide a calm, peaceful environment with tender care and love for all of the children in order to provide the best learning environment during this sensitive period of development.
Toddler Daily Schedule
- 7:30 to 8:00– Early Childcare
- 8:00– 8:30– The children arrive at their classroom, remove their shoes, say goodbye to their parents, enter the classroom and greet their teacher and friends.
- 8:00-10:30—The work period includes social skills, bathroom skills, language development, care of self and care for the environment.
- 10:30-11:45– Group presentations, snack, nature walks and outside play.
- 11:45 to 12:15—Hygiene skills and lunch. Half day students meet their parents at the door, full day students prepare for nap.
- 12:30-3:00— Children take naps while listening to classical music.
- 3:00– 6:00— Children continue developing their skills in the aftercare program.