Program Information

Little Blossom Montessori School is proud to offer programs from eight weeks of age through Kindergarten, with a consistent Montessori curriculum to children from two years on. Each Little Blossom program builds upon the previous program and provides a foundation for the next. By Kindergarten graduation, children at Little Blossom have experienced the myriad of advantages a comprehensive Montessori education offers. We believe that our Montessori approach provides an exceptional and liberating foundation for children as they prepare for life.

 
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INFANT ROOM

Offered at both Natomas and Gold River locations. 

At Little Blossom Montessori School, the Infant Room program is designed to work with babies’ individual needs, adapting to their physical, cognitive and psychosocial stages of development. The Infant Program serves children from the age of eight weeks until 17 months. The program is designed to duplicate the loving care and gentle stimulation that infants and toddlers need to grow and develop to their full potential. Flexible scheduling allows children to eat, sleep or play according to their own natural timetable.

The Infant playroom boasts decor and equipment that allow the babies to improve their motor skills and eye-hand coordination. Activities are based on infant's developmental ability and are selected with specific skills in mind. Stories and songs are part of every hour of the day. The Infant Program has a separate Nursery room where babies have their own assigned crib or bassinette. Infants are never given a bottle in their cribs as required by state regulation.

At 12 months, the infants are encouraged to explore, discover, invent and experiment while they gain an understanding of the world around them. They have moved out of the nursery and now have their own nap mats in the Infant Room II. This room is well equipped with educational play materials that encourage babies to safely explore the physical world.

Each infant has a log book that documents their day. Records indicated how the child ate, slept, interacted, and played as well as diapering. We encourage parents to share their thoughts and concerns by writing any comments in the log. Each child has their cubby for their personal items and clothing. Parents provide diapers and wipes. The ratio for the infant program is one teacher for every four children.

 

TODDLER (18 - 36) MONTHS

The Toddler Program offers more challenging equipment and introduces children to art materials, manipulative, puzzles, blocks, lots of books, educational toys, soft tunnels and fun activities which help improve their fine and large motor skills. Fun and educational activities and materials are provided to foster your child’s language development and social, emotional and cognitive growth.

The emphasis during the toddler years is on simple materials, a gentle pace and a deep respect for each child to ensure your toddler will truly love the school and environment and develop a deep and long lasting love for learning. Sense awareness is learning about dimensions, shapes, colors, tactile, auditory, taste and smell and the primary language development is the acquisition of the language connected to their observations and sense training. The environment includes child-size furniture and the materials are meticulously maintained and carefully chosen to meet the developmental needs of the children at this age. The child gets opportunities for individual and group activities, while integrating a caring and nurturing environment.

Each toddler has a log book that documents their day. Records indicated how the child ate, slept, interacted, and played as well as diapering. We encourage parents to share their thoughts and concerns by writing any comments in the log. Each child has their cubby for their personal items and clothing. Parents provide diapers and wipes. There is one teacher for every five children.

 

PRE-SCHOOL, PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM (2 1/2 - 6 YEARS)

The program involves a series a sequential, developmental, manipulative, and sensorial activities that are designed to ultimately bridge the gap between concrete and abstract learning.

Classrooms are meticulously prepared to meet the developmental needs of the children. The children use learning materials, created by Dr. Montessori, that are multi-sensory and sequential. The material acts as a facilitator of learning and role models. Holding a worldview of education, Little Blossom graduates are self-motivated, joyful learners, creative problem solvers, and confident young adults prepared for the inevitable challenges of life.

 

The Montessori classroom is divided into six basic categories

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PRACTICAL LIFE
This is the area where the child may first choose independent work. The practical life area contains many attractively displayed object familiar to the child, including a variety of items commonly used in the tasks of daily living, such as eating, dressing, and cleaning. This area develops independence and a sense of order through the use of practical life materials.  This area includes lessons in grace and courtesy, the care of the environment, care of self, as well as a variety of activities that facilitates development of fine and gross motor skills and eye hand coordination. Through repetition of the practical life exercises, the child attains a sense of order, concentration, coordination and independence as well as establishing a foundation for future learning. 

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SENSORIAL
The basic sensorial exercise inspires careful observation and calls attention to specific qualities requiring identification of similarities and contrasts. This area contains materials which aid in the development of the intellectual senses.  The materials are designed to advance the child’s ability to define qualities such as color, size, sound, texture, and shape.  In addition, they strengthen the visual, auditory, and tactile senses.  Often described as self-correcting and diagnostic, the sensorial materials are concrete representations of abstract concepts. 

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LANGUAGE
Language development is a concern of the entire Montessori classroom. With different activities the children improve vocabulary development, communication skills, writing and reading readiness. 
In the language area we will find a large variety of reading readiness materials, including materials for phonetic analysis, word attack skills and reading, as well as materials for the refinement of motor control for writing. The language materials and strategies develop visual and conceptual memory through sorting, classification, matching, rhyming, and language games.  The classroom environment is designed to incorporate language into every activity.  Language development is encouraged through freedom of conversation by enabling language to become an integral part of the life of the classroom.  There is a continuous encouragement of self-expression and communication, child to child, and child to teacher. 

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MATHEMATICS
The central purpose of the Math materials in the early years is to lay the foundation for later cognitive development and to prepare for the gradual transition to abstract thinking. This offers the children a concrete mathematical experience with numerals.  The Montessori materials allow children to build a concrete foundation for abstract mathematical concepts.  The manipulative materials build upon the child’s solid understanding of what makes a number.  Once a firm grounding in the concept of numbers from one to ten, has been established, the child can explore the concepts of addition and subtraction, building a conceptual image of the process of manipulating numbers. 

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SCIENCE
Science is an integral element of the Montessori curriculum. Among other things, it represents a way of life: a clear thinking approach to gathering information and problem solving. The scope of the Montessori science curriculum includes a sound introduction to botany, zoology, chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy. The Montessori approach to science cultivates children's fascination with the universe and helps them develop a lifelong interest in observing nature and discovering more about the world in which we live.

Our teachers introduce history and geography as early as age two and half. The youngest students work with specially designed maps and begin to learn the names of the world's continents and countries. Later the students see the world's cultures in greater depth. They learn to treasure the richness of their own cultural heritage and those of their friends. 

ARTS / CRAFTS AND MUSIC
Arts and Crafts in a Montessori Classroom is a way for children to express there thoughts and creativity. Children get to express their feelings, the way they see things visually and their views of it. They Write stories and feel productive while drawing pictures.

Art is pretty much incorporated into the Cultural and Practical Life areas of the classroom. Here, the children learn to cut, paste and be creative. The children also learn about different artists and their art. The children also get to work on group or individual projects related to the unit study they are working on in the Cultural area.

Music and movement education will also be important parts of the curriculum as well as the Arts. They offer children ways to express themselves, their feelings, experiences and ideas. The teachers are very interested in helping children develop control of their fine and gross-motor movement. They are exposed to different kinds of instruments. 


If you'd like more information about our Montessori programs, enrollment or would like more information about our schools, please contact us!

KIDS LOVE SOCCER

Available for children from Preschool and up

 

Tuition: $60.00 per month

Fees are directly payable to “Kidz Love Soccer” Program

To enroll: Please see the front desk

 

HAPPY FEET GYMNASTICS

Available for children from Preschool and up.

30 minutes of tumbling fun for children to develop their own unique tumbling skills while building self confidence within themselves.

Tuition: $28.00 per month. Checks payable to “Happy Feet Gymnastics”.

To enroll: Please see the front desk.