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SensorStory Baby & Toddler Classes – Early learning through play the Montessori way.
We’re passionate about giving you & your child the best possible start with guidance, support, & classes you both love, making memories with your little one to last a lifetime.
SensorStory’s unique parent-child classes are Montessori aligned, combining the best of Montessori philosophy with sensory play, creating enriching experiences for little ones & their grown-ups.
Approved by babies & loved by grownups, our program delivers multi-sensory storytelling, music, massage, Baby Sign language, messy play & more, to create child-centred, hands-on, interactive experiences through three stage-based Chapter’s! Created by Montessorians with passion & creativity to support the developmental needs of babies & toddlers from birth to 3 years old, each of our Chapters has been thoroughly researched & thoughtfully created to devise meaningful lesson plans specific to your child’s age & development.
Montessori is, without a doubt, learning through play. However, it might be different from the kind of open-ended play you see elsewhere
Did you know?
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the first three years of life is the most important time in terms of development for humans & modern science still agrees.
“The first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential – profound intelligence is formed and the infant’s physical development is phenomenal. It is a period when the core of personality and the social being are developed.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
During the first three years of life, the brain absorbs & processes more information than at any other time in life – from birth, infants are receptive & respond to all aspects of their environment, absorbing the language & culture around them. Babies crave sensory stimuli, they deeply desire to absorb every sight, sound, smell, taste, & touch around them to acquire knowledge of the world.
“Play Is The Work of the Child” – Dr. Maria Montessori
Our fun and interactive program is suitable for little ones from 6 weeks to 3 years old. During this stage of development, infants move through sensitive periods for movement, hand-eye coordination, language, order, sensory exploration, social interaction & small objects. SensorStory’s Chapters focus on providing children from 0-3 with the optimal learning environment through our prepared environment, materials, & guidance to discover the world around them & their full potential.
Our parent-child classes at SensorStory follow Montessori philosophy – where our unique approach is adapted to suit our “pop-up” style classes. SensorStory’s approach incorporates the principles of Montessori education with a focus on the five key areas of study in each lesson plan within an Early Years rich & varied environment, together with Montessori materials & activities that are aligned with the Montessori method to provide a program that delivers a child-centred Montessori inspired curriculum.
Our Montessori materials encourage practical skills, fine motor precision & gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, pre-reading skills, language, support your child’s budding independence, sensory exploration & perception, math skills, movement & tune into your little one’s sensitive periods for small objects & order as well as social interaction, nurturing the whole child.
Our Montessori materials are proportionate to the child’s size & designed to be safe & aesthetically pleasing for children to allow them to absorb every sight, sound, smell, taste, & touch around them.
Weekly classes include time set aside for uninterrupted free-flow play, with small mixed-age classes we include structure & purpose within a rich & stimulating environment that does not inhibit the spontaneity of childhood. Group activities such as singing & storytelling provide your little one with the experience of belonging to a community – with a new, real-life theme each week, theme time provides a framework to encourage social development. For our youngest children, from birth to six months, we also offer a calming guided massage at the end of each class & for our nido & toddler communities, we offer lessons in Baby Sign language.
The benefits of the Montessori method are time-tested & continue to be proven to deliver outstanding well-being & academic outcomes for children.
“Children acquire knowledge through experience in the environment” – Dr. Maria Montessori
From birth to three years
SensorStory offers three stage-specific Chapters in our Montessori aligned programme, all linked to the EYFS.
Chapter One – Baby Bubble – suitable from birth to sitting independently. Suggested age: Birth to 6 months.
Chapter Two – Nido Society – suitable from sitting to walking. Suggested age: 4 – 14 months.
Chapter Three – Toddler Fellowship – suitable from walking to 3rd birthday. Suggested age: 12 – 36 months.
Chapter One: Baby Bubble – crafted for babies from 6 weeks to independently sitting.
During that magical ‘Baby Bubble’ in the first few months after birth, we aim to promote bonding, offer a place for parents to meet others, relax & soak up all the snuggles in this very special time in parent-baby’s life. This program is designed to be a space of calm, relaxation, includes a baby massage at the end of each class. Each class offers a baby sensory experience, together we journey through interactive multi-sensory stories, enjoying time to ‘just be’, tranquil sound journeys, connecting with baby and making new friends – forging friendships for life.
SensorStory’s Montessori Baby Program provides children with a nurturing learning environment full of educational materials that meet their specific developmental needs & interests during the first few months of life with opportunities for learning through movement, exploration, & connection.
Learning goals for infants focus on movement skills, language development, fine motor development, developmental milestones, social skills, & the joy of every child.
The Baby Program is suitable for children from birth to sitting independently, suggested ages to begin & graduate are: 6 weeks to around 6 months. Baby’s may be comfortable staying in this program slightly longer. Additionally, some babies may move up to the infant program from 4 months old.
Around 4 months, your little one has left the newborn stage & entered a world of new physical development – tummy time continues to be important, their hands start to open up, they are building the muscles to set their bodies up for rolling, their leg wiggles are starting to turn into kicks & and they are building core strength now to be able to sit up later.
Once children complete the Baby Program, they progress to the Infant Program called the Nido Society, where they gain a formal introduction to all five areas of the Montessori Curriculum.
To read more about multisensory stories, take a look at our article Why we love multisensory stories.
Chapter Two: Nido Society – crafted for babies from sitting to toddling.
During this wonderful time as your little one moves from rolling to sitting up independently, fun & laughter is the name of the game! Delighting baby’s senses, our super bouncy, extra jingly, delightfully colourful, humongously fun & highly interactive classes introduce your little one to the five areas of the Montessori Curriculum. This program is designed to support your developing baby, & includes sensory play, storytelling, messy play, Baby Sign Language, dedicated exploratory play, messy play & baby relaxation, in your baby’s First Plane of Development.
SensorStory’s Montessori Infant Program is active, hands-on, & involves learning using all five senses. Introducing the Montessori Curriculum, including: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language & Culture, encouraging little ones development through play in a prepared environment.
Learning goals focus on developing independence, social skills, confidence, & a solid academic base in preparation for future learning.
The Infant Program is suitable for children from sitting independently to walking, suggested ages to begin & graduate are: 6 months to around 12 months. Baby’s may move up to this program early – from 4 months old, & may be comfortable staying in this program slightly longer – up to 14 months & confidently walking.
To read more about babies First Planes of Development, take a look at our article Four Planes of Development.
Chapter Three: Toddler Fellowship – crafted for babies from walking to 3-years-old.
During this incredible time as your little one begins life on the constant move, extraordinary development is taking place! Captivating baby’s sensitive periods, our fun & relaxing classes provide a prepared environment with messy play, new opportunities for movement, social development, Baby Sign Language, story-telling & sensory play, dedicated exploratory play & sensorial activities & aim to provide a space of calm & relaxation for their grown-ups.
SensorStory’s Montessori Toddler Program is hands-on, active & offers little ones an ordered learning environment where they are empowered to choose their activity, follow their interests, & progress at their own pace. Within this space, children develop their independence, refine their concentration, & explode into learning as they develop their intelligence & higher-level brain processes, providing rich opportunities for learning that nurture children’s complete development.
Montessori practice is typified in the following ways: small & mixed-age classes, a carefully planned, ordered & structured environment providing age- & size-appropriate equipment with free access to Montessori materials, providing a caring & nurturing environment based on mutual respect between adults & children, a particular emphasis on the importance of the teaching & learning of mathematics, languages, cultural studies, art & creativity & ‘real-world’ activities such as washing or cooking as opposed to role-playing.
The Toddler Program is suitable for children for confident walkers to 36 months (3rd birthday).
To read more about your little ones sensitive periods, take a look at our article Sensitive periods.