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The superior developmental experience offered at Hershey for your 12 to 36 month old will set the stage for the rest of her life. Enroll and watch your child thrive in Hershey's safe, supportive and loving environment.

Areas Developed
Special attention is given to a variety of developmental areas to support a strong foundation for young children. Special attention to the following areas of development include:

  • Movement (large motor skills):
    Developing physical precision and confidence as well as support for upper body strength
  • Control of the hand (small motor skills):
    Fine motor skills, directed through eye-hand coordination and a full spectrum of activities result in strong and refine hand grasps
  • Spoken and receptive language:
    Self- expression is developed through the expanded language materials, use of exacting vocabulary and precise grammar.
  • Social skills:
    Rapid growth occurs through engaging with others joyfully and with compassion. The nature of the absorbent mind and the lessons of Grace and Courtesy specifically foster this social development.
  • Self-care and life skills:
    Tasks that result in independence, interdependence and stewardship are highlighted, such as learning to peel a vegetable or set a table independent of an adult.

A Learning Environment
Furniture and activities are specifically designed according to Montessori specifications, allowing exploration and engagement to occur naturally- (and in nature too!). True to life activities are rich in vocabulary and support growth over the entire spectrum of development. As a result, children are prepared for the more challenging activities available to the three year old when they enter the Primary Community.

Integrated Activities
Children engage with great joy in practical activities such as preparing snacks, baking, cooking, sweeping, mopping, and washing windows and tables, to name a few. Creative activities also include painting , drawing, crafting, singing and playing instruments (such as shakers and tambourines) and dancing. Throughout the seasons, they venture outside each day (weather permitting) to explore the flora and fauna of the grounds, visit the animals in the barn, fill the bird feeder, play in the snow, plant and harvest in their garden and more.

Guided for Growth
A deep understanding of the psychological, physical and social needs of a child under three is necessary to assist in ideal development. Careful and objective observation of the child enables guides to know when:

  • Individual support should be offered
  • Independence is best
  • A new challenge should be presented to support engagement.
The trained adult creates an environment to ensure individual developmental needs are met. The guide's understanding, care, and genuine presence, becomes a respectful part of the young child's world. This connection enables the adult to better assist the child’s growth and provides the opportunity to provide parents with frequent observational and experiential updates.

Varied Attendance Options
Multiple attendance options are provided for young children. Choose from:

  • Early Start: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. with limited spaces. This will be available on a first come, first served basis. Parents send in breakfast food and the school provides milk.
  • YCC Morning: 8:45 a.m.* to 11:45 p.m.
  • YCC School Day: 8:45 a.m.* to 3:20 p.m.
  • YCC Montessori All-Day: 9-1/2 hours between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (with a consistent beginning and dismissal time)
  • Late Dismissal: 3:20 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    *We will begin receiving children 15 minutes before the program begins
    *Full School Day and All Day options include 3, 4 or 5 days
    • Five mornings (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
    • Full School Day (8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.)
    • All Day Montessori options. (7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

What Happens Next
When your child has completed the Young Child Community, he will have keen interest in expanding his social community. He is now becoming a conscious learner actively seeking greater information such as what is provided in the Primary community. Visits to the Primary environment will begin when your child begins showing signs of readiness, usually around the age of 36 months.

Interested? Get More Information or Schedule a Visit!
Parents can schedule a visit to our classrooms and experience the learning environment first hand. For more information, contact Kathy Beech, Director of Admissions at kbeech@hershey-montessori.org or call (440) 357-0918.

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