Vista Montessori Programs

There are so many wonderful reasons to choose Montessori for early childhood education. Here are just a few benefits of our programs.
  • Our classrooms use self-correcting materials, allowing children to learn and grow at their own pace and encourage children to explore using all of their senses freely. Children work in an environment designed to fit their specific needs.
  • Students are encouraged to work at their own pace. The teacher's role is to facilitate learning at an individual pace and encourage the trial of new experiences to challenge the learner.
  • Materials are taught in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. Teachers carefully observe each child's development and provide new materials when developmentally ready.
  • Children are encouraged to be responsible for themselves and their environment. We foster a home-like environment where we all work together as a community to keep the classroom clean and in working order.
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Infants

6 weeks to two years old

From birth to age 3, your child’s brain develops more rapidly than at any other time, and more learning takes place than at any other stage of development

Based on daily observations, teachers introduce new materials and activities that pique curiosity and stimulate learning. Learning objectives for your child at this age include developing skills such as language, concentration, problem solving, visual discrimination, and physical coordination.

Activities promote independence, order, coordination, and concentration, as well as support social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Toddlers

two to three years old

Our Toddler classrooms are designed to foster the independent and curious nature of a toddler, allowing them to freely explore in a beautiful, carefully prepared, age-appropriate environment.

Using Montessori methodologies, our classroom allows each toddler the opportunity to:

  • Strengthen language skills
  • Practice gross and fine motor skills
  • Develop independence and confidence
  • Practice social skills and caring for others
  • Explore music, movement and literature

From age 18 months – 3 years, children are actively searching for knowledge about their environment. They are especially interested in asserting their independence. Independence is a large part of our toddler classroom—and is encouraged by allowing the child to choose a variety of activities that he or she can accomplish with success. With love and guidance, our program allows these children to explore and gain the independence they seek through a variety of age-appropriate activities.

Our teachers give toddlers responsive, individualized attention to help them build skills in five essential areas:

  • Sensory and Perception
  • Self-help
  • Language
  • Gross and Fine Motor skills
  • Social and Emotional Growth

Toddlers are also exposed to and participate in Art, Music and Movement, Gardening, and Cooking.

Primary

Three to Six years old
transitional kindergarten & kindergarten

At ages 3-6, children have more control and coordination over their mind and body and continue to become more independent. Our primary classrooms are designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 3-6 year old class. Creating order is an important role in this environment, which is designed to encourage curiosity and a love for learning.

With Montessori principles as our guide, each child has the opportunity to:

  • Develop a social academic foundation and desire for lifelong learning
  • Encourage independent decision making and problem solving skills
  • Develop positive social, emotional and physical growth in a respectful environment
"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn"
– Maria Montessori

Frequently asked questions

Will my child learn social skills in the classroom?

Absolutely! The Montessori method places great importance on the strong development of social skills. Part of curriculum is “grace and courtesy lessons.” Students practice things like proper greetings, and making eye contact while speaking. Daily group time allows children to practice their social skills. They are encouraged to express their feelings politely and show respect toward adults and peers. Respect is a big part of the classroom environment.

Are there a lot of worksheets? 

All areas of the Montessori classroom are set up for children to learn concepts concretely using hands on materials. They experience learning through touching, seeing, hearing about it. Abstract learning, or learning with only pencil and paper, comes later when a child has a clear understanding of the subject.

Do Montessori schools discourage children from using their Imaginations?

Montessori allows for individuality. It’s celebrated and encouraged. The environment is set up for freedom of choice and imagination in all areas of the classroom such as in writing activities, building activities, art, outdoor classroom, etc.

What ages/programs do you offer? 

We offer programs ranging from 6 weeks to 2 years in our infant room, 2 years to 3 years in our Pre- Primary room, 3 years to 6 years in our Primary which includes Transitional Kindergarten and kindergarten.