Our primary goal at Happy Tots Montessori is to make the growing child - as much as possible - psychologically and physically independent of the adult and in control of their own environment. Children are encouraged to do things for themselves at their own rate, with only those things that will promote their development. Thus there are child size tables, chairs, sinks, toilets, shelves, cabinets, and cleaning equipment that all help to instill this independence and sense of responsibility. Our teacher prepares the environment, programs the activities, and functions as the reference person and exemplar, to offer the child stimulation.
By engaging the child in their environment, it helps to develop habits of concentration, stick- to - activeness, and thoroughness which once established in early childhood helps to produce a confident and competent learner in later years. In teaching children specific skills, we seek not to impart knowledge alone but to instill the life long habit of learning, questioning and relating to others. All this leads to the development of the whole person. The education at Happy Tots Montessori is founded on the principles of the Montessori Method. Sustained throughout all programs, the method provides continuity and cohesiveness at all age levels in the school. The principles are expressed differently according to each particular need and developmental stage of the child.
Our child-to-teacher ratio is excellent and averages six to one. Classes use the Montessori learning materials, which are designed to teach concepts in a concrete way, and then help the child make the leap from the concrete to the abstract. Our primary aim is to preserve the child's natural curiosity and nourish and encourage the love of learning that is present in each child. Children learn respect for each other and the environment and develop confidence and a "can-do" attitude through many small successes.