At Columbia Gorge Montessori, our infant program is designed to help babies grow and develop in an environment that is safe and challenging for children 6 weeks until mobile. Infants practice muscle strengthening and hand eye coordination in a nurturing environment with a small group of their peers and a low child to adult ratio. Everything in the classroom is low to the ground allowing all materials by the infant to be easily accessible for advanced development. The setting in the classroom gives infants the structure and support while giving them the freedom to develop & experiment their focus/attention to concentrate.
Our toddler programs are designed to empower our children that are mobile to 2 years old that encourages independence, coordination, movement and will.
At Columbia Gorge Montessori, our Primary preschool program is designed to empower children three years old through Kindergarten.
Here are some other important aspects of our program:
Children at Columbia Gorge Montessori give back to the community throughout the year. One of their favorite community service projects is washing potatoes and wrapping them in tin foil to be baked for the homeless. During the holidays, children can donate pajamas & books to SnowCap for our Annual Read & Dream Drive.
Each child watches the process from seed to bloom. Once the seedling develops enough, the child transfers the seed into a garden area. The responsibility of watering the seed and watching the plant grow gives the child a deeper understanding of the growth process and how they influence the cycle.
Columbia Gorge Montessori offers 4 to 5 days a week; full days (8:30-3:30 p.m.), before care (7:15-8:30 a.m.) and after care (3:30-5:15 p.m.). Also, integrating healthy, nutritional food choices into snacks & meals is an essential part of assisting proper growth for our children.