1.9 to 2.10 years old
Our youngest age group, the Beginners class has a 6:1 student-teacher ratio. Families can choose 3 or 5 mornings, 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Our 5-day students also have the option of longer day options with either a 3:30 p.m. or 5:45 p.m. dismissal. The Beginners Program is designed to build children’s social and emotional skills, and develop confidence, competence, and independence in first-time school children. We offer a predictable daily routine, a clear and accessible arrangement of Montessori materials, and an emphasis on social interaction, all of which are geared to making every experience a successful one for the child. Meticulously planned activities gently teach the children to operate within the more complex parameters of a school environment where “following the rules,” “putting your work away,” and “taking turns” are seeds that grow into an awareness and consideration of others. The student-teacher ratio and a class size of 12 students is intentionally small so that teachers can provide the special attention children of this age need to achieve the goals of the class and prepare for their subsequent move to the Early Program.
Children in the Beginners program travel to specialists classes throughout the school, including music class once a week and movement class two times a week. All classes are taught by professional Caedmon teachers who are accomplished in their respective fields. Beginner children are also paired once per week with their Elementary Book Buddies for a one-on-one storytime.