Observe, support and encourage your young child’s natural development
Parent-child classes designed for young children ages 4 months to 3 years old and their parent/caregiver.
The Academy’s cycle of Montessori education begins with weekly parent-infant and parent-toddler classes that provide opportunities for a parent or primary caregiver to experience time together with your child in a prepared Montessori classroom environment.
Parent-Infant Classes (4-18 months old)
Parent-infant and parent-toddler classes are wonderful opportunities for a parent/caregiver (i.e., grandparent, nanny/babysitter, etc.) to experience time together with the child in a prepared classroom environment. Classes provide children with a unique opportunity to explore their growing independence while developing basic skills.
In order to promote independence, furniture is child-sized. Age-appropriate materials at each level guide the love for learning that is inherent within each child.
Parent-infant classes are conducted once a week for one hour and are designed to provide the essence of the Montessori philosophy and approach to learning.
We believe firmly that as parents, you contribute immeasurably to your child(ren)’s growth and development by being informed observers. Your role in class is to observe, support and encourage the natural development of your child. You’ll receive a journal to record observations on the development of your infant throughout the course.
Watch your child thrive while growing in your role as a nurturing caregiver.
The same parent/caregiver should attend with each child for the entire session in order to receive the greatest benefit from the program.
The goal is to help parents understand normal child development and discover their child’s unique talents and needs—and to support their child accordingly.
The teacher also provides feedback and guidance to the parent or caregiver, based on their observation of each child, to optimize parental support as the child explores their growing independence and basic skills.
Important Parent-Infant Class Information:
- Classes are held for one hour once a week.
- Enrollment includes a pre-session parent orientation, which is required for the enrolled adult. This will help you see the infant environment and receive an overview of the Montessori philosophy of education.
- Registration is required. (Please note: If you choose to take additional classes with your infant, please remember to register for each new class, even if you are already enrolled in a class.)
- Class size is limited to 12, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For our upcoming parent-infant schedule and tuition information, view the registration forms below:
Parent-Toddler Classes (18-36 months old)
Cardinal Bernardin Montessori Academy’s toddler environment is welcoming, nurturing and safe. It is equipped with age-appropriate furniture and materials geared toward your 18-36-month-old child, with opportunities for unlimited exploration while (s)he acquires basic skills.
Our parent-toddler classes are conducted once a week for 90 minutes.
We believe parents can contribute immeasurably by being informed observers.
The role of the parent/caregiver in class is to observe, support and encourage the natural development of the child. You will receive a journal to record observations on the development of your child throughout the course. Through observation, discussions and other resources, you will have the opportunity to watch your toddler thrive, while honing your skills as the primary teacher of your child.
For that reason, the same parent/caregiver should attend with your child for the entire session in order to receive the greatest benefit from the program.
The directress (teacher) serves as a guide and model for the parent and child during exploration of the environment. She is the preparer and guardian of the environment, as well as the facilitator between child, adult and environment. She also supports parents by providing information and literature designed to aid your understanding of your child’s experiences in play that foster his or /her growth and development.
Parents may also utilize an adult lending library offering articles, books and videos.
|Monday – 10:30am-12noon
|Tuesday – 8:30am-10am
|Wednesday – 10:30am-12noon
|Thursday – 8:30am-10am
|Friday – 8:30am-10am