The Parent/Tot class offers Montessori lessons with a clear beginning, middle and ending for children to work on during class. Our goal is to help develop order and concentration skills in this class as well as help them learn to work with an activity to completion and then put it away. This of course takes practice and that is “the training” part of the class. The parents are given guidelines to follow before the first day and follow their child to help train them but also to learn what kinds of materials children work with in a Montessori environment. Parents often get ideas for their home environment as well.
The work time goes for the first 45 min. and then the children help set up for snack time. Some may be learning how to use a spoon or drink from a cup for the first time or learning how to set the table and clean up after themselves - these are all important first lessons in the Practical Life area. After snack, we will have a little music time - instruments and listening to music, scarves etc…I do this based on the children’s interest. Then they will get to go outside (weather permitting) for the last 15 min.
It’s a really fun class and great to see children who can’t wait to come in and get to their important work! ;) Families that sign up for this class will of course be able to be first on the waiting list for the preschool classroom as well.