What is the difference between a Montessori school and a traditional school?
A Montessori school is an early childhood development program that focuses on the development of the child based on scientific research. Each individual child develops at their own pace within a range of developmental cycles. Montessori children are encouraged to develop a strong sense of independence and intrinsic motivation as they choose activities to engage in throughout the day. Each individual is offered a deep, meaningful, respectful environment to develop holistically.
What are the ages of children you serve?
We serve children 3 months - 6 years during our inaugural year. We will continue to grow with our community and plan to serve elementary children in the future.
When does my child transition from one class to the next level class?
Your child will transition when the teachers and the director observe developmental cues that display readiness. Once observations have occurred, the teachers will collaborate with families to develop a transitional plan for the child. There is a range of ages children transition. Infants (Nido) move to the toddler (Casita) class between 16-18 months, Toddlers move to Primary (Casa) from 30-36 months.
What are your hours of operation?
We are open at 7:30 and close at 5:30.
What is the difference between a regular school day and an extended day?
Our regular school day begins at 7:30am and ends at 3:00pm. Our extended day begins at 3:16pm and ends at 5:30pm.
Do you provide part-time care?
We do not provide half days, or less than 5 days a week at this time.
Will you provide food?
We will provide two healthy snacks a day for the toddler(casita) and primary(casa) classes. In the infant class we will work with each individual family to ensure healthy meals and milk! Families will be invited to bring in foods for special celebrations, fruit and veggie of the week, and community potlucks! Nutrition is a fundamental need for children and healthy lifelong habits are established early in life. Supporting positive, lifelong health and nutrition, is a core value at MLC. ALLERGIES: At this time, MLC is nut-free, vegan, chickpea and sesame seed free.
How will my child nap at school?
Children in the Infant (Nido) class sleep on floor beds and rest according to personal schedules. Children in the toddler(Casita) and primary(Casa) classes sleep on cots, and develop a solid rhythm around sleep habits. Bedding is sent home weekly to be washed.
Do you have enrichment classes?
Infants and Toddler will always be in the care of their primary caregivers, going to another ‘class’ is developmentally appropriate at and older age! Once our children are normalized we have guests who come in to play live music for the children and provide cultural experiences. As our Casa Dei Bambini program continues to develop, we develop enrichment that fits our community: gardening, yoga, art, movement.
Will you be open year round?
Yes. We will provide a 12 month program for infants (Nido) and toddlers (Casita) and as the community need arises we will offer summer programs for Casa Dei Bambini as well. We will close for national holidays as well as a seasonal breaks. We generally follow Charleston County School District’s school calendar.