GATEWAY MONTESSORI PROGRAMS

​​​​​​​​​​PRIMARY PROGRAM


Ages: 3 years – 6 years old

Schedule: Half-Day (8:30am – 11:30am) or 

                 Full-Day (8:30am – 3:00pm)
Class Size: Maximum 20 Students
Classroom Ratio: 1 adult to 10 children


The Primary Program includes four main areas:​ Practical Life lessons help children to gain physical independence, learn to care for their environment, experience grace and courtesy, and learn how to complete a work cycle.  ​ Sensorial lessons help to develop and refine sensorial skills.​ Language and Math lessons help to develop reading and mathematical abilities.  Geography, Science, Art, and Music are also emphasized.  Children also continue lessons in Spanish and Music.

The Primary Program is geared towards developing a sense of order, an ability to concentrate, and to foster creativity and a joy for learning. The Primary curriculum is designed to prepare children for transition to elementary school education.

Beforecare (7:30am – 8:15am) is available at no cost. Aftercare is available on school days (3:00pm – 6:00pm) per contract or drop-in fees.  Holiday Care is available during school breaks or select holidays per drop-in fees.

TODDLER PROGRAM.


Ages: 18 months – 3 years old
Schedule: Half-Day (8:30am – 11:30am) or

                 Full-Day (8:30am – 3:00pm)
​Class Size: Maximum 12 Students
Classroom Ratio: 1 adult to 4 children


The Toddler Program provides a stimulating environment for children who have established independent walking skills. This program allows for the development of independence and curiosity, and the desire for exploration. 


The Toddler Program curriculum includes lessons in Practical Life (exercises of daily living) that help refine large and small muscle development, introductory Sensorial materials, and emphasis on Language and Social Skills. A sense of ownership of place and belonging within a community is cultivated through communal activities. Children also participate in beginning Spanish and Music.


Toddlers must be toilet trained before they may move into the Primary Program.


Beforecare (7:30am – 8:15am) is available at no cost. Aftercare is available on school days (3:00pm – 6:00pm) per contract or drop-in fees.  Holiday Care is available during school breaks or select holidays per drop-in fees.

​​​​​INFANT COMMUNITY


Ages: 12 weeks – 18 months old

Schedule: Full-Day (7:30am – 6:00pm)
Class Size: Variable
Classroom Ratio: 1 adult to 3 children


The Infant & Young Toddler Program offers children an introduction to the Montessori environment. Under supervision of a certified Montessori directress, infants and young toddlers thrive in a nurturing setting that encourages the development of consistent,  trusting relationships. 


The environment is carefully designed to meet the ever-changing needs of this rapidly growing age group. Infant-sized furniture and carefully chosen learning materials foster independence, physical growth, and coordination. ​Experienced staff provide a safe “home-base” from which the children can begin exploration and experience first structured contact with other children. 


The Infant & Young Toddler Program is designed to enhance children's motor skills and  development, language skills, and independence.  Children learn mastery of their environment through which they gain trust, confidence, and self-esteem. Children also participate in beginning Spanish and Music.  

Montessori is a philosophy of education that was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early years of the 20th century. The Montessori Method is designed to help children fulfill their potential in all areas of life by utilizing a “whole child” approach. The activities and curriculum therefore promote the development of social skills, emotional growth, and physical coordination, as well as cognitive preparation. Children learn in what is called a “prepared environment” – classrooms that are designed to support the learner in every stage of development. A Montessori classroom provides the necessary resources and opportunities for children to function in a safe, positive, and non-competitive climate, where they work at their own pace under the guidance of specially trained teachers, known as Directresses.


Montessori is based on a profound respect for a child’s personality, and encourages children to develop their independence and build their self-esteem through meaningful action. The method has helped to prove that the small child can be a lover of work – intellectual work, which is spontaneously chosen, and carried out with profound joy. The curriculum is based on the child’s inner need to “learn by doing”. At each stage in the child’s mental growth, corresponding materials are presented which help develop and refine their abilities.

Gateway Montessori has Infant, Toddler, and Primary classes. The Infant Community is open full-day and year-round. Toddler and Primary Programs offer full-day and half-day schedules from September through June with complimentary Beforecare, optional after-school Aftercare, and Holiday Care during school breaks. Toddler and Primary Summer Camp Programs are available from June through August.

Gateway Montessori School