At Desert Sky Montessori, we have two classrooms, the Primary classroom and the Toddler/ Transition classroom. The child’s social and psychological needs are considered as important as the child’s academic needs. Among other factors, we consider:
- The ratio of boys to girls
- The balance of ages
- The specific needs of each child
- The child’s position in her family, i.e. only child, youngest child, oldest child, etc.
- To develop a respectful, responsive and reciprocal care-giving relationship with each child placed in our care.
- To provide a calm and peaceful atmosphere that allows for consistent and predictable routines of care to be established and maintained in a safe and nurturing way.
- To provide a prepared environment that allows each child freedom to move and to explore, freedom to interact with others and objects, and to have time for uninterrupted individual play.
- To provide an environment that is appropriate and challenging.
- To provide a setting that allows the child to develop as an active participant in his or her care, rather than a passive recipient.
- To observe and evaluate the development of each child and support parents and families to be part of this growth and development.