Infant Program

Education is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.
— Maria Montessori

The Infant Program is designed for children 6 weeks to 18 months. This program will provide a home away from home experience for both parent and child. The parent will feel comfort in knowing that the Garden Gate staff are caring, nurturing and experienced individuals, educated in Montessori and Child Development. Your baby will have a primary caregiver that will build a bonding relationship guiding your Seedling into a Sprout.

The infant daily schedule will be based on their individual needs. Each day the teacher will guide the development of the following skills and provide daily written documentation and communication with the parents.

  • Feeding on demand
  • Diaper Changes, Potty Training on Demand
  • Tummy Time, Crawling and Exploration
  • Music/Art
  • Songs and Nursery Rhymes
  • Peer Social Interactions and Activities
  • Sensory Based Learning Experiences
  • Reading to Infant/Toddlers
  • Outdoor Play
  • Fine and Gross Motor Development
  • Rest Time on Demand
  • Snuggle

The teachers will observe your child and prepare the environment based on their individual needs.

Toddler Program

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The Younger Toddler Program is designed for children 18 - 30 months. This program will provide a safe and enriching experience for your developing child’s needs and interests. Together parent and child can begin the journey of being a family as well as becoming independent while discovering their world. The Garden Gate staff are caring, nurturing and experienced individuals, educated in Montessori and Child Development and are excited to build a relationship with your family.

The Younger Toddler’s daily schedule will be based on their individual needs as we begin to incorporate a planned schedule to their day. Each day will incur the following with schedule with continued communication with the parents.

  • Group Snack and Lunch Times
  • Diaper Changes on Demand, Potty Training on Demand
  • Music/Art
  • Songs and Nursery Rhymes
  • Peer Social Interactions and Activities
  • Sensory Based Learning Experiences
  • Reading to Toddlers
  • Outdoor Time
  • Fine and Gross Motor Development
  • Scheduled Rest Time (after lunch)

The teachers will take daily observations and prepare the environment based on the child’s needs. The curriculum used in Garden Gate focuses on your child’s primary areas of development: emotional skills, social skills, communication skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and cognitive skills.

Preschoolers

Maria Montessori’s approach to learning recognizes the tremendous desire and capacity of very young children to explore and discover their immediate world. 

To catch the excitement inherent in discovery, no matter how small that discovery and to know deep down that he did it himself because he felt the need to understand and conquer the problem
— Maria Montessori
Time Pre-Primary Montessori Classrooms
6:30 - 8:45
Early Bird Care
8:45 - 9:00
Arrival
8:45 - 9:15
Community Snack
9:15 - 9:30
Family Meeting/Demonstration of Equipment and Class Procedures
9:30 - 11:30
Independent Work Cycle
11:30 - 12:00
Lunch
12:00 - 12:30
Outdoor Play (Town Square for inclement weather)
12:30 - 1:00
Family Meeting/Demonstration | Rest time for morning students
1:00 - 3:00
Independent Work Cycle
3:00 - 3:30
Community Snack
3:15 - 3:30
Prepare for pick up or aftercare/Outdoor play

Uniforms

Ages 3 – 6 will wear uniforms during the school year.  These uniforms will consist of navy blue pants, skirts, or jumpers.  White, red, or baby blue solid color shirts.