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1110 College NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
USA

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Programs

Infant/Toddler - 12 weeks to 36 months

Two-day, three-day, or five-day programs. Half-day and Full-day options available.

The first three years of life are full of exuberant growth. Movement, language, and personal independence develop more rapidly now than at any other time. At this crucial stage of development, the Montessori classroom provides a safe place in which the child’s unique self can flourish and find meaning.

The Infant/Toddler community at Stepping Stones Montessori knows that each child is a special individual, full of potential. The child’s experiences away from home are carefully constructed. Each child is nurtured and empowered. Classrooms are inviting; materials are appropriately stimulating. Movement is encouraged, while meaningful, ordered activities satisfy developmental needs. Our trained Montessori faculty members use richly expressive language to accompany every action. In such an environment, a child can truly thrive.

Children’s House - 3 to 6 years

Half-day and Full-day options available.

Children’s House is available to children ranging from 3 to 6 years of age and is the natural entry level for 3-year-olds. At this stage of development, a child’s inherent desire to learn becomes apparent. Concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order are encouraged during this phase of the child’s education at Stepping Stones Montessori. Parents will see their child developing initiative, inner discipline, and a deep respect for themselves, others, and their environment. The child who completes Children’s House naturally transitions to our Elementary Level. A Summer Care Program is also available.

Elementary Level I - 6 to 9 years

At this stage of development, the child enters a classroom where she will be for the next three years, with the same teacher and peer group. In an environment of continuity, this unique feature of the Montessori curriculum promotes creativity, builds self-esteem, and allows the development of leadership skills as the older children naturally become mentors for their younger classmates. With a heightened sense of curiosity, a well-developed ability to solve problems, and a greater sensitivity to the environment, the child begins, in earnest, to learn the traditional disciplines of mathematics, literature, and science.

It is at this stage, too, that the child begins to expand his cultural boundaries through active participation in the areas of art, music, creative dramatics, and foreign languages. In these years, the child becomes accustomed to success and simply treats the obstacles that he encounters as new challenges to overcome.

Elementary II (Upper Elementary) - 9 to 12 years

The Upper Elementary classroom provides the capstone for the Montessori experience at Stepping Stones. As one Stepping Stones Elementary II teacher explains, “The teacher’s role at Stepping Stones Montessori is not to force interest or entertain students. Rather, it is to create a ‘learning environment’ where the child is continually challenged to reach his or her maximum learning potential.”

Upon completion of the Elementary School levels, our children are well prepared to face future challenges. They leave Stepping Stones with a strong sense of self, a solid academic experience, and, most importantly, a love of learning that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. Graduates of Stepping Stones Montessori School transition successfully into other school settings.

Before-School Care

Stepping Stones Montessori offers before-school care to families who need care for their children prior to the start of the school day. Before-school care begins at 7:30 am and is open to all Stepping Stones children. Our trained staff provides quality care in a Montessori environment, allowing for a smooth transition from the child’s home to the classroom.

After-School Care

Our after-school care program is open to all Stepping Stones Montessori students who need care after the regular school day. After-school care is open five days a week until 5:30 pm. Students are cared for by trained staff and are provided with a snack and various activities each week. Activities are based on themes and provide the children with a rich experience to complement their busy day.