Maria Montessori described her first classroom as the Casa dei Bambini, or “The Children’s House”. Our Children’s House environments are designed for children between the ages of 3 to 6. In these three years, the child continues to develop a sense of “self”, but unlike in the first three years of life where growth and development happens unconsciously, development at this age is done consciously.
Stepping Stones Montessori’s Children’s House environments build on the development gained by children in the first three years. At this stage of development, children’s curiosity and inherent desire to learn become apparent. Our classrooms are designed to take advantage of that curiosity and desire by providing hands-on materials and lessons that help children develop concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order.
Lessons include mathematics, language, geometry, practical life, sensorial work, and cultural studies. Maria Montessori posited that the hand is the vehicle for learning at this age, and she designed materials to foster learning and understanding. Modern science supports this perspective, and we now know how important hands-on materials are for developing neural pathways.
Parents of our students notice their children developing initiative, inner discipline, and a deep respect for themselves, others, and their environment. Once children complete this level of our school, they transition naturally to our Elementary Level.
Children at this age are required to attend Monday - Friday, with no exceptions. Half-day and Full-day options available.