Each day begins with Circle Time ... a time for sharing, learning new lessons, calendar, and weather. After Circle Time children take part in Work Time -- each child is assigned an optional community job, such as watering the plants, holding the door, washing windows, and operating the lights.
During the work period, children choose activities and receive lessons on materials from seven different areas: language, math, science, geography, art, practical life and sensorial. The classroom is equipped with the traditional Montessori materials, as well as many extensions.
After work time, children gather for a second circle focused on stories, songs, group games, puppets and much more!
Stepping Stones students learn the importance of taking care of each other, their school community, the Ithaca community, and planet Earth.
"We had the pleasure of having our son in preschool with teacher Meg, and it was the best experience ever! We can’t say enough wonderful things about her! She is compassionate, nurturing, organized, engaging, and fun! We really could go on and on! We can’t imagine having a better teacher for our son."
- Amy and David, Seattle
“We cannot create observers by saying "observe," but by giving them [the children] the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.”
- Maria Montessori