All God's Children 
In Home Daycare LLC

Loving Children like Jesus does.

Montessori 

What is Montessori?


Official Definition:   a system of education for young children that seeks to develop natural interests and activities rather than use formal teaching methods.


What it means Here:  I run a Montessori-based program meaning that it might not be strictly what you might find at Montessori School, I give the children in my care free reign to learn about what interests them based on their ages. I never make them sit down and "learn." Here are some examples of activities I have done with children in my home based on their ages:


Infant/Toddlers:

  • Kitchen cabinet filled with plastic containers that the little ones get into
  • Toys mostly consist of plastic containers, lids, and simple toys to encourage imagination
  • Musical or light up toys are limited to avoid over-stimulation
  • Listen to music and sing while playing including educational and religious songs
  • Children are allowed to play with everyday household items (such as boxes, paper bags, laundry baskets, etc.) under close supervision to foster imagination and learn to follow directions
  • Very supervised outdoor water play (Toddlers only)
  • Closely supervised outdoor time when weather permits

Preschoolers:

  • Use the toys to teach counting
  • Make play dough, cookies, bubble solution, etc. to teach measurements
  • Make foam out of bubble solution for a sensory activity
  • Put vinegar, baking soda, and food coloring in a Ziploc bag and watched it pop from a safe distance
  • Listen to music and sing while playing including educational and religious songs
  • Play with puzzles, encouraging the child to figure it out without help from an adult
  • Find books and resources about the interests of an individual child
  • Talk through a problem a child is having and teach them to think about it logically or from someone else’s point of view
  • Supervised outdoor time when weather permits to foster exploration of nature
  • Outdoor activities with riding toys always include the use of a helmet
  • Discipline is carefully explained and discussed using love and logic
  • Play with play money learning about different denominations of coins and bills
  • Play with puzzles that are mathematical equations

Schoolagers:

  • I do offer tutoring/homework help/help with homeschooling
  • We often do messy science experiments
  • Outdoor activities are encouraged
  • Children are allowed to bring scooters, bikes, skates, skateboards, etc. as long as they have helmets. (No one is allowed to do any of these things without a helmet)
  • Discipline is carefully explained and discussed using love and logic

One Other Thing That Makes My Home a Unique Learning Environment:

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders which is the first part of formal education you need to be a Speech Therapist. In order to be a Licensed Speech Therapist, you must have a Masters in Speech Therapy. I do not have a Master's however, I do have the qualification to work in a school setting under the supervision of a licensed Speech Therapist. As a result of this, I work with the children in my care to encourage speech development and correct errors in speech in everyday life. Meaning that my therapy is done without the children knowing that anything is wrong in order to alleviate the idea that something is wrong with them. Some ways I do this are:

1) Talking to infants and toddlers about everything that is going on around them
2) When infants and toddlers begin babbling, I talk to them as though I understood what they were saying
3) I work with toddlers and preschoolers on 1-step, 2-step, 3-step, etc. directions as is fitting to their age and developmental ability
4) I work on correct and understandable pronunciation once speech begins by correctly modeling it and instructing the children to observe my mouth
5) I work on sound and pronunciation errors with school-agers

Note to all Parents/Caregivers: Please dress your children in play clothes or clothes that you don't mind if they get dirty because childhood is messy and with the Montessori method, we feel that sometimes getting messy is the most important part of learning and having fun. If for some reason you bring your child in clothing you don't want messy or dirty, please communicate that to me and I will dress them in a set of the Center's clothing that you will not be responsible for cleaning. Thank you!