How do I find and sign up for a class?
For Montessori Baby or Toddler Classes, fill out the Registration For here and I will email as soon as possible to complete your registration. For workshops and events, see the announcement for signup instructions.
How do I know when my baby is old enough to join the toddler playgroup?
When your child is walking very well, is interested in working with their hands, and has passed the oral phase (instead of taking things in the mouth to learn about them, they study them visually and tactilely)
*Usually the toddler stage begins around 14/16 months
What is the structure of a Montessori Class?
Classes are 90-120 minutes long during which…
- Toddlers come in and enjoy a 1-hour work cycle- working with lovely Montessori materials.
- After an hour we prepare snack, set the table and eat together. (Usually we have fruits or vegetables, toast, and water or juice)
- After snack the toddlers can go back to their work or clean up the snack area.
- Finally we have a music time when toddlers and parents sit in a circle to sing songs.
What if we miss a class?
Everyone can make up one missed session per course term. See here for Sick Policy & Holidays.
What kinds of Montessori materials are available in the toddler class?
Materials in the toddler playgroup vary from simple to complex. The kinds of activities include:
Art | creative activities include painting, drawing, stamping, modelling clay, cutting, gluing, and lots more!
Eye-Hand Coordination | wooden puzzles, color sorting, bead threading, nesting dolls, coin box… So many materials in the class support use of fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Food | children can prepare a small snack or pour a drink of water at any time during the class; we also have a group snack time at the table near the end of class
Language | The language area is the cosiest part of the classroom where children can read a book, learn new words using language objects and cards, or have a rest.
Music |at the end of every class we enjoy singing songs together, and children can also play musical instruments in the music area
Practical Life | children grow their independence and gain practical, sensorial experiences like polishing wood, caring for plants, learning to sew, washing hands, arranging flowers…
What is your sickness policy?
How do I pay for the class?
After you sign up for a class online, I will send you a follow-up email which includes a confirmation and payment guide. To confirm your registration, payment via bank transfer is necessary. However, for future course tuition or other payments, you may pay with cash or card in person.
Why do you have mixed age groups?
In all Montessori schools there are mixed ages so younger children can learn by observing older children and older children can enhance their skills by teaching the younger ones. A balanced combination of older and younger children is a very special part of the Montessori classroom. Classes at the ELC are split between Baby (non-walking) and Toddler (walking) children under 4 years old.