The Montessori Academy of Colorado is a school for children between the ages of 8 weeks old through 5th grade. We strive to be a dynamic school that honors the diversity of our staff, students, and families. Our organization was founded by parents who sought a traditional Montessori education for their children that still met the needs of working parents. MAC is the incredible result of the efforts of those parents. It is our goal to meet the needs of every child enrolled in our school, including those with special needs that are integrated into our learning environments. We invite you to come and see the magic for yourself. The Nido (2-18 months) The word 'Nido' is derived from the Italian word meaning 'nest' and it conveys the spirit of the infant environment. Our classrooms are comforting, warm and inviting with care being taken to provide nurturing, calm stimulation to enhance the development of the young child. The classroom focuses on two basic needs of the infant—a safe bonded relationship between adult and child and the development of the child's growing sense of self and independence. The simplicity and aesthetic order of our Nido environment support safe discovery of the world as the child sensorially explores the environment. These spaces are then thoroughly enhanced by the tender care and developmental support offered by our staff. Trust is a basic need that must be nurtured in the young child. Our trained staff care for and respectfully respond to the needs of each infant and in so doing encourage the development of that trust and convey a message of unconditional love and acceptance. As the child develops, this trust will serve to foster risk-taking and learning.Toddler Community (16-36 months) The infant community offers space for the young child to naturally move from a physical/emotional stage of development to the more cognitive phase of learning. Through movement and exploration, the child is exposed to a broader world where parallel play becomes interactive play, where words become tools to communicate needs and desires, and where the boundaries of possibility expand alongside the developing mind. This classroom provides activities that teach the care of oneself and the environment, foster gross and fine motor skills and provide structure and organization for pre-academic learning. The most vital component of the class is the dynamic social and linguistic experiences where each child is immersed into the more ordered world of communication and learning. A primary focus of the Infant Community is to instill self-confidence through support of the child's innate curiosity while maintaining a keen balance with the developing skills required for respectful social interactions. This is a stage of rapid development of the child. Our staff is committed to supporting and guiding this in the most loving, respectful and professional manner possible.Primary / Pre-K (2.5-5 years of age) Our primary classroom is designed to meet the needs of the rapidly developing 3-5 year old. Classes are composed of mixed-age groups to allow for cognitive stimulation while also meeting each child's social needs. The purpose of this program is to enrich and promote the further development of each child's natural curiosity and zest for learning. Each class has a wide variety of materials for hands-on exploration and trained staff that facilitate a child's trust in him/herself through risk-taking, further questioning and skill development. Our students pursue their quest to learn through experimentation in the many facets of life: Care of Self and Environment, Language, Mathematics, Science, Music, Art, Geography and History. Our curriculum provides basic knowledge as well as integration with real-life experiences and is implemented with respect to varying learning styles and natural human development. The flow of the classroom is hard to miss. A child must be at least three years old and toilet-trained to enroll in this program.Kindergarten (5 & 6 years of age) Our Kindergarteners are integrated with the preschool learners, in traditional Montessori fashion. The Kindergarten year is the child's opportunity to embrace a leadership role in the classroom.This full-day program allows us to further the kindergarten child's transition into more abstract thinking while still supporting his/her need of meaningful hands-on activities. Beyond cognitive needs, this age of child is strongly motivated in the area of social development. Therefore, we have designed a program that allows leadership and social skills to develop as well as the necessary basic and higher level thinking skills. To accommodate this, the class spends part of each day with a preschool class and the remaining portion with their Kindergarten class. The growth of confidence, trust and cognitive skills is astounding. Our program emphasizes a balance of basic educational skills with the excitement of Geography, Science, Cultural Studies, History and the Arts.