Parents and infants come together as a community once a week to a beautifully prepared environment.
Set in a safe and beautiful environment prepared just for you and your young child, we will introduce you to activities and materials appropriate for their development and capture increasing curiosity. Caregivers will engage in conversations about how to best support the rapid growth and changing needs that take place in the first year and a half of life. Topics covered will include preparing the home, sleeping, nutrition, human development, toilet learning and so much more. We would be honored to help you introduce this world to your young child!
GIVE your toddler an environment that builds independence, confidence and a sense of community.
The Montessori Toddler program offers very young children, ages 16 months up to 3 years, a unique opportunity for self-development in a tender atmosphere of special understanding, respect, and support. The classrooms provide a very specific structure that fulfills the social, physical, emotional, and psychological needs of toddler children.
Everything in the toddler environment is proportional to the child’s size and capabilities; designed to be safe, accessible, and aesthetically pleasing for the child. Our Montessori Toddlers are encouraged to grow and learn through practical life activities such as caring for the environment (sweeping, dusting, washing, polishing, watering plants, raking leaves, shoveling snow), caring for self (toileting, washing hands, dressing, preparing food) and caring for others (grace, courtesy, learning from others). Additionally, we provide opportunities in art, music, and group socialization.
Enroll your child in a respectful, mixed-age PROGRAM that embraces each unique child.
The Children’s House community is comprised of children between the ages of 33 months to 6 years. Each child has the same Guide during their Children's House years. Some of the benefits to the mixed-age setting are the opportunities for children to learn from one another and develop respect for others of different ages and abilities. Younger children observe advanced work by watching older children while older children reinforce their knowledge by sharing it with younger children.
In Montessori, children are given the opportunity to work in a space prepared specifically for them using materials designed to meet their development needs which facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration.
Children are free to choose work the Guide has presented to them from the areas of practical life, sensorial, mathematics, and language, encompassing culture, art, music, geography, and more. Children's House is a social environment where children learn to cooperate, share, and help others.
solidify their academic milestones and elevate their leadership abilities.
Kindergarten is the final year in the Children’s House classroom. We call this the Capstone year because all of the learning the child has achieved as a 3 and 4 year old, solidifies and supports not only the academic advances the child will make in their last year of Children’s House, but their ability to be leaders in the classroom and handle more responsibility. It is for this reason that we do not accept new children at the kindergarten year unless they have already completed 1 – 2 years in a Montessori Children’s House program.
GIVE YOUR CHILD the opportunity to Become a SELF DISCIPLINED STUDENT who HAS genuine interest and enthusiasm FOR THEIR WORK.
The Montessori Elementary program provides a hands-on, research-based curriculum inspiring children to follow up on materials introduced by the Guide and explore their subjects further. Because the elementary classroom is a mixed age environment, collaborative work, peer to peer learning, and mentoring become a daily practice, deepening every student's level of learning.
The Elementary curriculum consists of a series of lessons and materials in subjects including GEOGRAPHY; the story of the earth and its origins, BIOLOGY; the study of life, HISTORY; the story of human beings through time. Additionally, LANGUAGE develops an understanding of how humans communicate, not only in spoken and written word but also through ART and MUSIC. Through the study of MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE, children explore how humans translate their ideas into inventions. The Montessori Method also includes specialized materials in language, arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. These materials are progressive and lead the children through at an individualized pace.
The Enrichment Center is open when you need it most: before or after school, SOME school holidays and during the summer.
We understand many families need additional support in their schedules. For that reason, WBMS provides before/after school care for children in our *Toddler, Children's House and Elementary programs.
The Enrichment Center is coordinated and supervised by an experienced Educator and a team of nurturing staff members. The staff works daily with our classroom Guides to ensure smooth transitions for all children.
"EC" offers a safe environment where the children can continue working with educational activities and spend time outside. The children can choose from actives in music studies, art projects, science exploration, and practical life extensions. They also participate in a community snack. Nap time is made available for children who need or want it.
*Toddlers remain in their classroom with the Toddler Assistant for After Care, thereby minimizing transitions for our youngest students.