Center of excellence

infants & toddlers

A special place for the beginning years

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.

  1. Monthly developmental seminars with Pediatricians, OB-GYN, Pediatric Dentists, and others

  • Newborn Developmental Milestones, Proper Sleeping, Teething, Biting, etc.

  1. Baby Massage - Infant Massage Basics

  2. Mommy and Me Yoga/Fitness

  3. Lamaze classes

  4. Nutritionist - healthy bodies, healthy minds

  5. Inquiry-based Learning Curriculum that blends Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and traditional instructional strategies with technology

Multilingual Children

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.

Inspiring Nurturing

Inspiring Learning

Inspiring Confidence

Inspiring Curiosity

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

Object Permanence

We are now accepting enrollments for January 2023

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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:

Language Development

  • Promote listening skills through stories, songs, and conversation

  • Build communication skills through exposure to language and opportunities for expressive speech

  • Auditory discrimination

Independence

  • Hand washing

  • Dishwashing

  • Putting on and taking off jackets, shoes, pants, shirts

  • Preparing snacks

  • Toileting

Social Skills

  • Establishing trusting relationships

  • Being respectful to self, others, and environment

  • Conflict resolution through language

  • Showing compassion

  • Engaging conversation


Psychosensorial

  • Number blocks and puzzles

  • Stacking and nesting cubes

  • Sorting and counting materials

  • Orderly fashion

  • Tactile discrimination


Following directions

Working on fine motor skills

Developing focus

Work is the reward

We are now accepting enrollments for January 2023

Reserve a spot for your children today!

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

Social-Emotional

  • Develop friendships

  • 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 persistence

  • Shows ability to concentrate

  • Shows flexibility, inventiveness

  • Independent Learner

Following directions

Working on fine motor skills

Developing focus

Work is the reward

  1. Primary 3-5 year olds

  2. Kindergarten

  3. Summer and Holiday Camps

We are now accepting enrollments for January 2023

Reserve a spot for your children today!

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Importance of High-Quality Preschool for Life Readiness

“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. For that is the time when man’s intelligence itself, his greatest implement, is being formed.” – Maria Montessori So what exactly is required to be life ready?

HOW DO INSECTS LEARN TO BE INSECTS? Inquiry-based learning

Do insects go to school? You won’t see an insect graduating from college anytime soon, but insects can learn. Insects use memories to change their behaviors. Honeybees memorize flight routes and communicate with dance routines!

We are now accepting enrollments for January 2023

Reserve a spot for your children today!