Pacific Explorer Montessori caters to two age groups:
The Toddler Group - starting at 18 months up to 36 months
At Pacific Explorer Montessori your toddler will be guided by loving, nurturing, qualified
teachers. The18-36 months Montessori Program is designed to allow young children to have ample
opportunities to exercise their small and large motor skills, achieve independence, improve social
skills while fostering their developmental goals. The required teacher child ratio for this group is
one adult with six toddlers.
The Preschool Age Group - starting at 3 years of age until 6 years
Our 3-6 year Montessori program is designed to help children achieve their academic, social and
intellectual developmental goals. Our students learn through understanding with the use of
Montessori apparatus rater than being told. The skills and concepts are introduced to the children
with the aid of a Montessori apparatus to help the children to understand concepts with ease.
Mixed Age Group Concept At Montessori
Both classrooms are set up according to the Montessori philosophy and operate according to the "Mixed
Group" concept, where children from 18 to 36 months work together in the same classroom and the children
from 3 to 6+ years are also combined to work together in the same educational setting.
Older students have the chance to become mentors to their younger classmates while learning and
practicing important leadership skills. Younger children naturally look up to and emulate older children,
and so in a classroom with a range of ages, there are always opportunities for a child to “graduate” from
observer to leader. Older students also find great joy in being trusted to teach their younger peers.
It’s also a way for older students to build patience and empathy, as they learn how to help others by
sharing expertise with tasks that they themselves have mastered. To teach something, you must first have
that mastery. The process of passing it on — teaching by example, communicating effectively, reminding
oneself of the specific steps, seeing how to correct mistakes — reinforces that mastery. By helping
younger students, older students further learn their work. And they learn the foundations and pleasures of
taking responsibility and being appreciated.