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Guiding the Child's Education and Development
Programs We Offer:
image Infant/Toddler Program

The Infant Community is designed for babies and for those who are comfortably walking.

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image EarlyChildhood Program

Children who are between the ages of three to six years of age enjoy the work of the Children's House.

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Our Kindergarten Program prepares the young child for entry into first grade with many reading at the second grade level when they leave.

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The Cultural Subjects in a Montessori classroom include Botany, Zoology, other Sciences, History, Art, and Music. Suzuki violin is offered at our School as part of Cultural Subjects.

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Infant / Toddler Program

thumb imageWhile children need careful nurturing throughout their development, infants and toddlers need care, both from parents, and other adults which are uniquely suited to identify and meet their stages of development in life.

The rapid physical growth and developmental changes of infancy and toddler hood, require a responsive, flexible caring environment. Because infants do not have the ability to tolerate much discomfort or wait long for what they need, they require caregivers who can understand them and respond promptly. While toddlers are increasingly able to wait for and share adult attention, they require more vigilance for their safety and much support from adults in order to learn from play and to handle social situations.

The routines of infant care-feeding, bathing, diapering, and comforting are communications of utmost importance to the baby’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical development. It is through these routines that the first human relationships are formed. When they are performed with sensitivity to the infant’s individual rhythms and needs, it is more likely that the individual child will develop healthily.

The formation of loving attachments in the earliest years of life creates an emotional bond for future growth and development enabling a child to enhance an autonomous relationship with adults versus a dependent one. Each child needs a solid relationship with one or two people in the family. If part of the child’s care occurs outside the family, the infant or toddler also needs a continuous, affectionate relationship with the educarer system during the years of infancy and toddler hood!

Toddler Toilet Training

Every child has a personal rhythm of physical development that prepares him/her for toilet training.

Your child’s teacher will discuss with you your child’s timing for toilet training and techniques used at the Sacramento Montessori School. Please share with your child’s teacher your own family practices and techniques so that you may mutually arrive at the most effective toilet-training plan for your toddler.

Your child may demonstrate his/her readiness for toilet training in many ways:

  • Child does not like to be wet.
  • Child sits on the toilet with diaper or training pants without being asked to do so.
  • Child watches other children who are using the toilet facilities.
  • When asleep, your child becomes restless, perhaps cries or sits up and is visibly uncomfortable.

Below are some toilet-training techniques used at the Sacramento Montessori School:

  • We invite the child to the bathroom every 15 minutes.
  • We invite the child to the bathroom after meals.
  • We invite the child to the bathroom before and after nap time.
  • We introduce training pants.

We use phrases that encourage your child:

“Tell me when you want to go to the bathroom.”
When your child is visibly uncomfortable, we say, “Let me take you to the bathroom.”
If your child uses the bathroom, we praise and encourage your child, “Good job! I’m proud of you!”
If your child is being toilet trained yet has an accident, we help your child to change his/her own clothes. We may say, “Oops, you had an accident. Here are some dry clothes,” or “If you need help going to the bathroom, please tell me, and I’ll help you use the toilet.”

Toilet training will be initiated when the following occurs:

1.) Parent and teacher observe the child and agree on when to begin toilet training.
2.) Parent and teacher agree on techniques for training.
3.) Parents and teacher discuss the following:
       a) Availability of training (potty) chairs and training pants at home and alternatives that will be used.
       b) Schedule for inviting the child to use the toilet.
       c) Preparing for bed—pros and cons of the night-time diapers
       b) Toileting upon awakening.

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