Center of excellence
infants & toddlers
Welcome to ExcellED Montessori plus
✨redefinning beginning years✨
Babies are born to learn, and our care specialists are born to be an extension of your parental love. When you drop off your child at ExcellED, your presence will still be felt in your child in your absence.
Our hands unite with your hands to form a bond of comfort, security, and unspeakable joy.
We invite you to come to experience how we are redefining the beginning years.
Redefining Beginning Years
The most important timeframe in a child’s life is from birth to three. At the heart of the Center of Excellence (CoE) for Infants and Toddlers is a loving, nurturing, and educational environment based on current research and the needs of today’s children and families. Times have changed, and in most cases, education has not.
Today’s children require a new paradigm of caregiving, and how we care for our children has a profound effect on each child’s development. We question practices that are justified for no reason other than being held as conventional wisdom. We embrace what works and what children need.
How we are redefining quality care
It takes a village to raise a child and the CoE partners with specialists who help you navigate parenthood.
Monthly developmental seminars with Pediatricians, OB-GYN, Pediatric Dentists, and others
Newborn Developmental Milestones, Proper Sleeping, Teething, Biting, etc.
Baby Massage - Infant Massage Basics
Mommy and Me Yoga/Fitness
Nutritionist - healthy bodies, healthy minds
Inquiry-based Learning Curriculum that blends Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and traditional instructional strategies with technology
Research shows that sign language speeds up speech development, and reduces frustration in young children.
Fine Motor Skills
Montessori practical life activities like using tongs to move pompoms from one bowl to another, crushing eggshells, and matching games allow children to develop fine motor skills required for writing.
Behold childhood, the greatest teacher of all
As educators, we have the unique and distinguished role of creating the backdrop for our children to enhance this beautiful learning experience called childhood. Just as the sun does not tell a flower how to bloom, teachers do not dictate how a child grows. We are not the screenwriters of the story of childhood; we are the supporting characters. We are special guests tasked with protecting the script written by the leading actors and actresses. There will be many plot twists along this journey. Some moments may cause us to wonder or be confused, while others will inspire a lifetime of smiles and take our breath away.
Montessori and Infancy: A Comprehensive Understanding of a Miraculous Phase
It is not our role to fill the child with our perceived ideas about who they should be. Instead, create a loving environment during this formative time that allows your child’s ‘horme’, the unconscious life force, to play out. All we can do is create that safe space for the natural blossoming of the infant, and like a lotus flower, the soul shall reveal itself. Read More
Infants (10 Weeks - 18 Months)
An infant in a Montessori environment is a child from birth to approximately 18 months old. The developmental milestones in this stage are extensive and so are the steps to help guide children along this journey.
Cozy, Homelike Environment
Infant Health, Safety, and Wellness
Establishing a Daily Routine
Sleep Stages and Gentle Sleep Training
Bottle-Feeding and Breast-Feeding Basics
Sterilization, Cleanliness, and Proper Diapering
Developing and Recording Baby's Schedule
Newborn Swaddling Techniques & Benefits
Crying & Responding to Baby Effectively
Calming a Fussy Baby and Understanding Colic
Understanding Newborn Cues & Responding to Them
SIDS, Acid Reflux, Shaken Baby Syndrome and Much More...
Babies love mirrors
Early introduction to books
Learning to walk
Toddlers (18 - 36 Months)
A toddler is a child between the ages of 18 and 36 months in a Montessori Classroom. A lot of things happen during these precious years including:
Promote listening skills through stories, songs, and conversation
Build communication skills through exposure to language and opportunities for expressive speech
Putting on and taking off jackets, shoes, pants, shirts
Establishing trusting relationships
Being respectful to self, others, and environment
Conflict resolution through language
Number blocks and puzzles
Stacking and nesting cubes
Sorting and counting materials
Working on fine motor skills
Work is the reward
Primary (36 - 72 Months)
Preschool years give children the freedom to develop as unique individuals. Our preschoolers participate in the Montessori work cycle for the first serval hours of the day. During this time children freely choose to work with Montessori activities in one of the five curriculum areas. New children are guided through the activities and lessons by Montessori-trained educators.
One of the main goals of the primary classroom is to prepare children for Kindergarten. Kindergarten is a child’s first significant educational transition from toddler exploration to school-age expectations. It is a bittersweet emotional event for both parent and child. It comes with significant changes – no naps, more structure, more expectations, and letting go of your 5-year-old can be hard.
Language & Literacy
Engages in conversation
Recognizes and names upper and lowercase letters
Understands that print conveys a message
Knows how to handle books
Associates letters with their sounds and blends sounds
Able to read and write simple sentences
Cognitive & Math
Sorts and classifies objects
Measures using various measuring tools
Recognizes and names shapes
Knows one-to-one correspondence, up, down,etc
Able to perform simple addition &subtraction operations
Counts 1 to 20 without skipping numbers, Addition & subtractions
Physical Health & Motor Skills
Show balance and coordination
Manipulates smaller objects
Practices personal care routines
Practices safety skills
Identifies healthy and unhealthy foods
Knows how to take turns, share, negotiate, etc.
Can express emotions, respect & courtesy
Trusts/interacts with adults
Shows belief in their abilities and has a sense of accomplishment
SCIENCE, CREATIVE ART, AND SOCIAL STUDIES
Shows curiosity, raises questions, make predictions
Knows the difference between living & non-living things
Collects and records data
Explores musical instruments
Engages in imitation and acting
Uses a variety of media and materials to create art
Approaches to Learning
Show curiosity to learn
Shows ability to concentrate
Shows flexibility, inventiveness
Working on fine motor skills
Work is the reward