Not Currently


Infant / Toddler 

Ages 0 - 3 years

We are interested in offering a Montessori Infant and Toddler program at our school in the future, but we do not have a program in place currently. We are still in the initial stages of planning, researching and gathering information. We apologize that we do not have more information to share with you at the moment. If you are interested in being notified of our progress and updates on this program moving forward, please fill out this quick survey. Thank you so much. 

Details-At-a-Glance for the Montessori Infant Program (for babies age 0 up until ~14 months, or when they are comfortably walking):

  • It is equipped with customized stands, stairs, and bars that the babies use for pulling-up exercises. The sleeping area is isolated and quiet, with individual mats for each child. The eating area is equipped with child-sized tables and chairs instead of high chairs. The physical care area is located next to a water source with low stools or benches for children who are learning to change their own cotton underpants.  

  • A parent/infant class is usually offered and provides an environment in which parents and children interact alongside a Montessori-prepared adult who uses the environment to facilitate their interaction.

    • In these classes caregivers are taught how to observe what their babies do in order to know what materials to offer them. The parent and child typically attend a two-hour classroom session once a week. 

Details-At-a-Glance for the Montessori Toddler Program (for children comfortably walking up until age 3):

  • The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. There is minimal furniture, tiled floors, maximum natural light, selected art placed low on the walls, toilets sized for very small children, and defined spaces to challenge coordination of movement. 

  • The classroom has three distinct areas: 

    • The movement area includes stairs and a platform; movement mat; push cart; wall bars; materials for eye-hand coordination such as threading, bead stringing, cubes on pegs, spheres on horizontal pegs, puzzles, gluing, folding; and various practical life exercises.

    • The practical life area includes materials necessary for preparing and serving a snack, setting and clearing the table, sweeping, caring for plants and animals, dish washing, clothes washing, ironing, polishing, hand washing, window cleaning, flower arranging, and so on.

    • The language area includes miniature objects, language nomenclature cards (parts of the body, family members, pets, components of the neighborhood, the school, and the home), books (fiction, poetry, nonfiction), spoken vocabulary enrichment exercises, and other activities including art and music experiences.

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Des Moines, IA 50310

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