Toddler information session/open house to be held June 7



Mountaineer Montessori School will hold an information session/open house for parents interested in its toddler program on Tuesday, June 7, from 1:00-2:00 p.m., at 308 20th Street.

The event will be accessible in person as well as via Zoom. The program will also be videotaped for later viewing for those unable to attend at this time. The event is for adults only and RSVP is required. 

During their visit, parents will have the opportunity to meet the Montessori toddler faculty and staff, experience the indoor and outdoor learning environments, and learn about this wonderful program that offers two-year-olds an incredible foundation for a lifetime of learning. 

“I have enjoyed seeing Sophie break out of her shyness and want to say ‘hi’ to everyone she sees. She has really blossomed at Montessori toddler class,” said Sandy Martin, the parent of a child in the inaugural toddler class of 2021-22. “I feel so thankful for everyone involved! Sophie has loved going to school and is looking forward to the summer program along with the following school year.”

MMS offers the only AMS Toddler Program in the state and is a licensed childcare center. Half- and full-day options are available.

About the Montessori Toddler Program:

During the first three years of life, children develop more rapidly than at any other time. These are the years that lay the foundation for later learning—and the stronger the foundation, the more the child will be able to build upon it.

The Montessori toddler program is not traditional daycare — it is so much more. The toddler program, led by experienced Montessori educators, serves budding developmental needs of young children, including their desire for independence and exploration, while simultaneously exposing them to some of the early constructs of a Montessori environment that will support their transition to the early childhood (ages 3-6) environment.

Key components of the Montessori toddler program include: opportunities for self-care and care of the environment, refinement of large motor skills and fine motor skills, opportunities for language development; and social development. One of the primary portions of the child’s day is the uninterrupted work cycle, during which the children are free to choose from lessons in the prepared environment while receiving gentle guidance from the teachers as needed. Children are also supported in “toilet learning” as they show interest and readiness as an added piece of their other quest towards independence.  

Founded in 1976, MMS is West Virginia’s original and largest Montessori school. It will serve an estimated 200 children ages 2-14 next fall at campuses in the University of Charleston neighborhood (toddler) and at the former St. Agnes School, 4801 Staunton Avenue (ages 3 through eighth grade). MMS offers an expansive academic and arts curriculum that meets and exceeds state standards. It is the only full member school of the American Montessori Society in the state. Financial aid is available and the Hope Scholarship is accepted. 

For more information,  call 304/342-7870.