As one of the leading Infant Montessori schools in Allen, our ultimate goal is to produce students who are actively involved in their learning process, have a natural curiosity and interest in what goes on around them, and are on their way to discovering their passions and talents so that they can develop them as they grow older. In order to achieve this, the Heritage Infant Montessori School employs the use of specially trained staff and faculty who are well aware of their role in shaping the future of these kids.
By creating a loving, caring, and nurturing environment for the Montessori students, we want to make sure that every child feels respected and heard as these factors are extremely important in an interactive environment. We encourage students to interact with each other as well as the teachers in a positive manner so that they may learn practical skills from a young age.
At Heritage Montessori, we employ the use of toys, objects, books, pictures, music, and other resources that will supplement the learning process of the child and allow them to interact with a multitude of means of learning so that they can find the way that best suits them. While we do have a set curriculum which has been designed by experts so as to maintain the standard of academics at our institution, we also believe that the learning process should mold around the child rather than be rigid and demand the child to adhere to it. That is why we encourage students to follow their passions and participate in extracurricular activities side by side with their academics.
At the end of it all, we are here for our students and will do everything to make sure that they are always happy and content.
Sights and Sounds
We have separate play areas for Walkers and non-walkers. The non-walkers have exercises that encourage rolling over, pushing up, sitting up and crawling. In addition our caregivers work with the infants to track objects with their eyes as well as sounds.
We have age appropriate toys for each group. Walkers have toys that encourage language skills. Caregivers use items in roll playing or dramatic play to teach language skills.
The caregivers talk with the children in regards to learning how to have their needs met by verbal reinforcement. For example: If a child points to an item that they are interested in, the caregiver reinforces the motion with the appropriate word for that item. The infants have verbal as well as physical interaction throughout the day.
For the walker section, we have a soft play activity set to encourage gross motor skills such as climbing. In addition, we have toys that promote the fine motor skills as well such as grabbing, pushing objects down and drop/release. While eating, the older infant is first encouraged to grab food from a plate as well as use utensils. Evening if an infant is still at the grabbing stage, there would be a plastic spoon or fork present to encourage them to explore the use of the utensil.