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6 months - 18 months
This classroom environment is like a "nest" for a child where they can safely
and securely explore the world and people outside their home.
Everything is made for the child to want to stretch, roll over, crawl, crawl up, walk along the support, learn to walk on the steps. The room in this group is environmentally friendly and bright.
The classroom is divided into 4 zones :
1. Changing and hygiene area
2. Eating area
3. Sleeping area
4. Activity zone
Changing and hygiene area
Everything is put in place to lead the child towards autonomy. Changing by himself and even... not needing his diaper anymore!
The space is organized so that the child can go to rest on his own (for children who can already move). They know the resting area and go there spontaneously when they feel the need.
This space is prepared so that the child can move freely, be attracted by what surrounds him and be pushed to explore! This zone is divided in 4 parts.
Part 1 - The baby Zone
This is an area for babies who are not yet crawling. In this zone, the main development is through stimulation of visual motivation, hand and foot coordination, understanding of one's body parts and how they can influence the environment.
Part 2 - Large motor skills zone
This is an area for children who are already crawling well and making attempts to stand on their own.
During this period, your child needs constant training to safely stand up, sit down, reach overhead, walk along a wall and try to stand unsupported.
That's why there is equipment in the classroom that encourages the child to do all these moves.
Part 3 - Small motor skills zone
This is an area for children who can already sit down independently and for all older children.
Children usually spend a lot of time in this area.
Part 4 - Language development
In this area, the children will have books and objects at their disposal with which the educators can provide them with vocabulary.
Education is a natural process in children that is not acquired through words but through the experience of their environment.
Why multilingal classes ?
At Gaia MONTESSORI, we know that the child is born with the Absolute Ear and that the brain will "specialize" over time. Children under the age of 3 have a particular capacity to absorb language (and even more so children under the age of 1!).
Each language uses different sounds that are expressed on different frequencies (Herz) (like our radio devices (ear), we look for the right frequency to pick up a radio (someone talking).
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For this reason, for example, Spanish speakers do not perceive the difference between the French "u" sound and the French "ou" sound, their brain has never been trained on these frequencies and loses most of its learning facilities around 6-7 years old.
On the other hand, if a child has been immersed in a multilingual environment, the child's brain will have heard multiple times sounds and frequencies that it does not use in its mother tongue, and when it is older, its brain will be able to re-access this information, which will facilitate the learning of new languages.