you tour our Infant Toddler Community in
Creve Coeur school, you will quickly recognize that the
Montessori approach is about self-mastery. You will see children
at ease, purposeful, curious, and confident. They are not perfect.
They are not always serious or quiet, but they are very involved
with being children and learning to cope with the world. The adults
who care for them are loving and respectful of each child's individuality.
(6 wks-3 yrs)
understand the infant and toddler's need for activity
and for independence. Careful, daily observation of
our young children guides us in personalizing the
environment to best meet each child's needs.
Secure Place To Play — Playgrounds
playgrounds surround the building and are accessible
from the outside door of each classroom. Play areas
are fenced in with locked gates and these areas are
hidden from public view. Each classroom has a garden
that the children plant and care for and harvest.
Playgrounds offer active, large motor, experimental
play. Swings, sand, riding toys, climbing toys, bridges,
bars, the tree house and balls comprise some of the
developmentally appropriate playground activities.
Play is supervised and playgrounds are inspected on
an ongoing basis for safety.
have one adult to each three children in our infant
program from 6 weeks to 15 months. Our toddlers, approximately
15 to 36 months, have one teacher for each six children.
Each classroom is led by a Montessori Educator
certified by the American Montessori Society for the
ages of birth to 3.
Community is located off North Mason Road on a hill just above,
and adjacent, to the Hope Montessori Creve Coeur preschool.
The school is
designed to serve infants as young as 6 weeks and toddlers to the
age of 3 years.
Like all Hope
Montessori Academy schools, the Infant-Toddler Community classrooms
and play areas are designed to feel more like home than a classroom.
No where is this more evident than in the infant area where our
smallest children are allowed to play, stretch, grab and explore
on specially radiant heated floors.
education is preparation for life. Our work supplements the parent's
work in helping the children develop self-calming, self-control
and self-confidence. Instead of looking at the child's behavior
as what they are, we look at who the child may become. Optimism,
positive attitudes, and hope for the future are essential to the
success of children and our culture.