The DCFS-licensed Infant and Toddler programs, at our Roosevelt Campus, provides learning experiences in an environment that is cheerful, inviting, and filled with opportunities to explore. There is always a hum of activity from the teachers and children. The natural routine in these classrooms includes a rich Montessori curriculum that includes exposure to music, outdoor time, and fun in our large muscle activity room.
Materials in the Infant program have been mindfully selected to meet developmental milestones in order to nurture and support the learning opportunities of each young child. Low shelves and tables make the materials easily accessible to the infant that is mobile. The classrooms, with its large windows and abundance of natural light, promote a balance of peaceful comfort and engaging stimulation in a caring, nurturing environment.
The Toddler program is composed of three elements: the prepared environment, observation, and non-directive guidance. Classwork focuses on practical life exercises, sensory exploration, and vocabulary enrichment to help children acquire a sense of order.
The Toddler classroom allows children to move easily from large muscle movement areas to fine motor exercises, including pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, zipping, and table setting. A child's inclination for independence is respected by giving him skills to accomplish tasks independently. This provides opportunities for freedom and exploration in a safe and loving atmosphere. The children learn to take care of themselves and their surroundings and develop skills to communicate with one another. Lessons of Grace and Courtesy help the children develop respect for themselves, for others, and for the (class) environment.
A program this special deserves a space that is specifically designed with the infant and toddler needs in mind. At our Roosevelt Campus, the Infant and Toddler programs help to prepare your child not just for school, but also for life.
A blog by various Alcuin staff members.