The Little MSBees, an extension of our preschool programs, is our foundational program offered for infants and toddlers aged 6 to 24-months-old. In this program, which is part of the first plane of development of Montessori education, the young child and their parent/caregiver participate in age-appropriate activities together, building language, independence, gross motor skills and social skills in the loving, safe, and calm environment of an infant classroom.
Participating in this program helps the child to be socially and emotionally prepared when they are old enough to move up to the Toddler classroom. In addition, the child is introduced to some early Montessori materials and is exposed to classroom routines and structures.
During each Little MSBees session, a child and adult are exposed to the sensory stimulation, social time and music and story areas with each one focusing on a key developmental area. The sessions and/or activities will be divided into two age groups, 6 to 12 months and 12 – 24 months, and will be explicitly designed for the children in that age range.
Why Our Little MSBees Program?
- Your child will benefit from a strong, developmentally appropriate foundation, setting them up for their future educational journey. They develop their language skills, their fine and gross motor skills, their visual and auditory perception and their body and spatial awareness. Your child will also develop essential social skills as they mingle with their peer group, and all the while this is taking place, the children are learning to take instruction from a new authority figure.
- You will be supported by a trained Montessori teacher as you interact and encourage your child, nurturing their growth and development as they explore the prepared environment. Along the way, you will also learn about the Montessori philosophy and the proven benefits of this method of teaching.
- You will be able to develop a “parenting toolkit” with skills and practical tips for applying Montessori ideas at home. By becoming familiar with Montessori principles, you will be able to make the most of your time with your child.
- The Little MSBees class allows parents to meet other parents, have fun with their child, all while having the opportunity to socialize both in class and on the playground.