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Beginner Program at Wellan Montessori School

Ages 15 Months to 3 Years: Half- and Full-day Programs

“The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn.”

— Maria Montessori

It probably seems like just yesterday that this amazing child arrived in your world. So much happens during the first year. It’s almost if you can see the neural pathways connecting at lightning speed as your child grows and develops. What was impossible yesterday seems easy today. First words. First teeth. Solid foods. Crawling. Walking. Exploring. All this in such a short time! You’ve likely thought about daycare, but probably not about “school.” Think again.


It may not feel like it, but this is the first step of your child’s educational journey.

Of course, school for toddlers isn’t about sitting behind a desk. It’s about all of those important things that you want for your child’s development—play, socialization, exploration, and growth. There are many differences between school and daycare, but there are three key ones to consider at this age:

The adults working with your child here are highly trained, not only in early childhood development, but as members of an engaged school faculty that teach a variety of ages through grade 8.

You and your child will benefit from being part of a larger educational community that provides resources and support for both student and parent learning and engagement.

All of our students start “learning” from the day they come through our doors. Instilling the joy of learning in our children from the very beginning provides the basis for later academic success.

Our youngest students take their first steps in a warm and welcoming environment. Our classrooms are created with furnishings and materials scaled to the children’s size. They are filled with developmentally appropriate activities and materials designed to enable children to explore and grow, developing independence and self-reliance.


Program benefits include:

A safe and secure environment with one teacher for every 4-5 children.


Skilled and knowledgeable faculty who guide children in their exploration and development, including emerging language skills, gross and fine motor skills, and confidence and independence in self-care, including in the bathroom.


An individualized curriculum that meets your child where she is and introduces a wide range of experiences and skills grounded in the Montessori philosophy.


A multi-age classroom, which provides opportunities for children to learn important social skills and creates early leadership skills as students help each other.


Enhanced programming in music and movement, library, and Spanish instruction.

Watch a Video About Montessori for Toddlers

created by the American Montessori Society

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