Why Mommy & Me Montessori

Have fun with your child.
See your child grow as she joyfully explores the Montessori environment, experiments with the Montessori materials, and discovers the children around her.

Meet other parents.
Eight families with similarly aged children join each Mommy & Me session. Parents have the opportunity to socialize both in class and on the playground.

Develop your parenting toolkit.
The infant and toddler years are exciting, but also challenging. Montessori principles can help you make the most of this precious time. Each week, our trained Montessori guide will offer thoughts on topics that are on every parent’s mind. Leave with practical tips for applying Montessori ideas at home.

Try out the Montessori program.
Mommy & Me Montessori is your chance to experience “Montessori in a nutshell.” You and your child will be in a Montessori classroom, experience some of the typical daily activities, and learn from an experienced Montessori teacher. Seeing is believing: if you are at all unsure if Montessori might be right for your child and family, you’ll have your answer after this class!




"I am a huge advocate of Montessori Parent-Toddler Programs. I loved the first program I attended with Caspar many years ago. There is only so much Montessori you can learn online and in books. Getting a first hand experience is invaluable. If you have a toddler and are even just slightly the littlest bit interested in Montessori I encourage you to check out a program near you." Click here to read more. Kylie, Montessori blogger


Mommy & Me Program Choices

Infant Mommy & Me (2 – 17 months)
Weekly topics such as nutrition, home environment, movement, order, sleep patterns, independence and language acquisition will offer you moments of clarity in parenting your little one. You will be with your child as she explores simple Montessori materials, joins circle time and participates in infant massage. You’ll learn a great deal about child development to be used at home while making new friends in a “mom’s group” atmosphere.

Toddler Mommy & Me (18 – 36 months)
Weekly topics such as fostering independence, toilet learning, discipline, language acquisition and preparing the home environment for your active explorer will give you new insights into how you can optimally support your child’s development. You will be with your child as she works with Montessori materials, enjoys arts and crafts, joins circle time, learns to serve herself snack and plays with other toddlers on the playground. You’ll be able to make friends, find like-minded parents and toddlers for play dates, and learn much about child development, Montessori theory and practice.

Intro to Primary Mommy & Me (2 years 9 months to 3 years 6 months)
The intro to Primary Parent & Child program is an ideal next step as you move toward the preschool age. It’s a great way to try out the Montessori program, to help your child transition, and to learn how to apply Montessori principles at home with an older child. Each week, we’ll explore a specific topic your child would encounter in the Montessori preschool program. We’ll start with self-care skills, such as dressing and independent toileting, then move on to involving your child in food prep and ideas for independence in eating. We’ll show you how to support sensorial exploration, arts, crafts, music and movement for preschoolers. Finally, we’ll introduce you to some Montessori ideas around literacy and early number skills. You’ll be with your child and guide him as he explores, always with the coaching and support of an experienced Montessori guide. After this class, you’ll be better prepared to both apply Montessori ideas at home, and to help your child transition into our Montessori primary program. And, of course, you’ll be able to make friends and find like-minded parents and preschoolers for play dates.


Mommy & Me Program Details

General Program Information

  • Mommy & Me groups meet for 8 weeks, 1 ½ hours per week
  • Mommy & Me sessions start four times each year: February, April, June and September
  • Offered at LePort campuses in Huntington Beach, Irvine and Los Angeles.
  • Infant programs welcome children who are between 2 and 17 months at the start of the session; toddler programs welcome children between 18 and 36 months; primary programs welcome children between 2 years 9 months and 3 years 6 months at the start of the session.
  • Mommy & Me sessions are led by a consistent, experienced Montessori guide.
  • Each child attends with a parent or caregiver (nannies or grandparents are welcome, too!) Twins & multiples encouraged to attend with an adult responsible for each child.

Now Enrolling for Spring Mommy & Me Sessions Starting in April

  • The Parent & Child/Mommy & Me program is offered at all seven LePort campuses; see the side bar on this page for schedule details.
  • Registration is first-come, first served. Register early: past Mommy & Me sessions have filled weeks before the session starts.
  • Registration for future Mommy & Me Sessions will open approximately four to six weeks prior to session start. Future sessions are now scheduled through Summer 2014:
    - Summer 2014: July 8th – August 23rd (seven week session)

 


Mommy and Me was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the Montessori approach. With this program, I got to see how Montessori pre­school works in practice, what actually happens in class every day. I knew that once my daughter attended preschool, I wouldn’t be able to be there with her and see what she does every day. It was great to be able to experience the Montessori pro­gram together, so I can relate to her world once she starts preschool at LePort this fall.
Gina G., Mommy & Me parent