“These very children reveal to us the most vital need of their development, saying : ‘Help me to do it alone!” Dr. Maria Montessori
The child who is 0-3 years old is in what Dr. Maria Montessori called the Absorbent Mind. During this period of development, the infant and young children take in every aspect of the world around them. They spend this time acclimating to their environment, making connections with their families and people in their social community, building language, communication skills and developing their minds and bodies.
Tempe Montessori’s Nido to Toddler Community Program consists of two different program levels. We have a Nido, which means Nest, Environment and Toddler Community Environment.
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.
The Nido maintains a ratio of 3:1. All our teachers are first aid and CPR certified. Our Nido program follows the AMI Pedagogy and standards. All our teachers have background and knowledge of The Montessori Pedagogy.
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 maintains a 6:1 ratio. The toddler program at TMS provides an environment for the child to gain independence, self-respect, 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.
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 and 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.