WHO WE ARE
From weekly shapes, colors, and numbers. We encourage, stimulate and facilitate children’s growth in major development areas.
“Our kids are encouraged and inspired to be creative.”
Each week we have different bible stories that allow them to explore their faith through crafts, memory verses and story time. Our faith-based program allows for daycare hours while learning and gearing up for Primary School.
The vision of Little Gem Montessori Day Care Center is to nurture the balanced development of the body, mind and spirit, leading to the fulfillment of each individual’s potential within the broader community in all its diversity.
To nurture the seven domains of early-childhood development: Spiritual and Moral, Language, Cognitive, Social and Emotional, Self-help and Adaptive, Gross Motor and Fine Motor.
Born in 1870, Maria Montessori was ahead of her time. The first woman in Italy to become a doctor, Maria Montessori studied first the body and then the mind. Through her medical observations she began to analyse how children learn. She observed that there is a natural drive within a child to make his or her own place in the world. Out of her desire to help and understand children, she created the first “Children’s House.” Today, the Children’s House refers to the Montessori 3 to 6 year old classroom. The Montessori classroom is prepared with love and an attention to detail that nourishes the physical and spiritual needs of the young child.
“It is almost possible to say that there is a mathematical relationship between the beauty of his surroundings and the activity of the child; he will make discoveries rather more voluntarily in a gracious setting than in an ugly one.” ~ Maria Montessori
The surroundings in a Montessori classroom are called the Prepared Environment and they say to a child, “This place is special. This place is for children. Children are valued here.” The Prepared Environment is clean, inviting, and beautiful; all of the furnishings are child sized; it is full of meticulously maintained materials in impeccable order; and the environment speaks to a child’s spirit with live animals and plants, art carefully displayed at the child’s level, and objects from nature.
“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”~ Maria Montessori
Another component of the Montessori Method is the Aware Adult. Children learn by interacting with their environment. The Aware Adult defines the limits within that prepared environment. Using grace in movement and precise language, the adult attracts a child to the materials via a lesson or presentation. The Aware Adult creates the connection between the child and the materials. After the presentation is made, the child is then free to explore the materials and work with them independently.
“To give a child liberty is not to abandon him to himself.”~ Maria Montessori
With this freedom to explore comes responsibility. Children are free to choose their own work and move freely around the classroom as long as they are exercising self- control and respect for others. This self-discipline is developed by concentrating on their work with guidance from the adult.