Rose Montessori Programs - Young Children's Community


We know that you have noticed your child is an acute observer, has an unstoppable desire to learn and explore, wants to try new skills and is able to master them through repetition. At Rose: A Montessori School we provide an environment which allows your young child to concentrate on tasks, absorb sequential processes, and master new language, fine and gross motor skills and the social elements of grace and courtesy. Your child has been observing you since he/she came into the world and has had a deep need to learn through imitation and repetition how to live in this world as you do. Toddlers thrive in an environment where the myriad aspects of the physical world are introduced in a methodical manner by specially trained adults.

The environment is fashioned into areas of activity which endorse exploration in all areas of development: practical life, language and communication, fine and gross motor skills, the outdoors and social and emotional.

Practical Life Activities

Practical means basic, purposeful and useful. Life means the way of living.

Practical life exercises help your child learn how to do everyday activities in a purposeful way. The aim of these exercises is to help your child gain control in the coordination of his/her movement, to gain independence, and adapt to society. Practical life activities improve self-respect and support healthy liberty and autonomy. This is real work! Your child has been observing these tasks being performed by adults for his or her entire life, and are now in an environment with seemingly unlimited time with perfectly sized and designed tools to execute these same activities. These experiences allow your child to communicate and express love for the activities and materials in the world around them. What joy this brings to each child! The Practical life exercises also assist the evolution and development of intellect and concentration; this, in turn, helps your child develop an orderly process of thinking.

Morning Session Schedule:

  • 8:30 Arrival
  • 8:30 - 10:30 Work Cycle
  • 10:30 - 11:15 Outdoor time
  • 11:15 - 12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 Dismissal and pick up

Afternoon Session Schedule:

  • 12:30 Arrival
  • 12:30 - 2:30 Work Cycle
  • 2:30 - 3:00 Snack
  • 3:00 - 4:00 Outdoor time
  • 4:00 Dismissal and pick up

Following is a partial list of the activities in which the children engage in on a daily basis during the Work Cycle. The full list of activities is too broad for the scope of the web site. We will be happy to discuss many more in detail with you upon your intial visit and follow up admission activities.

Care of the Self

Care of the Environment

Hanging up outdoor clothes

Taking off and putting on shoes

Washing hands

Wiping the face


Wiping the nose

Combing and brushing their hair

Brushing teeth

Learning to operate buttons, zippers, Velcro, snaps and buckles


Flower arranging

Flower pressing

Plant care: watering, pruning, misting and dusting and washing plant leaves

Cleaning: sweeping, dusting, mopping, wiping a table, washing a table

Polishing: wood, shoes, mirrors

Artistic Expression


Food Preparation and Meal Times

Painting at an easel, both indoors and outdoors

Watercolor painting at an easel

Scribbling: European crayons, regular crayons, chalk pastels, oil pastels, and charcoal

Clay work

Music appreciation: various musical composers and instruments

Musical exploration with various handmade instruments

Singing songs daily


Preparing snack: peeling, slicing, pouring, stirring, mixing


Serving snack

Setting a table: plates, utensils, glasses, pitchers, napkins

Clearing a table

Composting: scraping into a bucket

Washing dishes



Care of the outdoor environment

Gardening: Spring, Summer and Winter crops: herbs and vegetables

Flower plantings for harvesting and pressing

Planting, weeding, harvesting, watering, pruning

Filling birdfeeders




Washing tables

Collecting stones

Gathering acorns

Nature walks


Large Motor Activities

Being located in beautiful central Boulder, CO, we are afforded more than 300 days of sunshine. We often take long walks (1-2 miles depending on the ages of the group) in the glorious outdoors in our neighborhood. There is a bike path which makes this all possible, convenient and safe. The children love to collect bits of nature such as pinecones, leaves, acorns and flowers which have expired and now are on the ground. The fresh air and rhythm of long, slow walks as a group satiates an enormous need within the young child; after so much time and dedication to their works indoors, they refresh and stretch out their brain development in new ways while being outdoors and exploring. They often will want to sit and listen to the wind, ask each other quietly, “shh” so they may listen to the birds chirping.  







Tai Chi for kids

Language and Communication



Communication and language provide some of the greatest experiences we have in life; they are delightful joys and fill us with bliss. We model precise, rich, articulated, and consistent language to the children. As your child develops, we also implement scaffolding for further enrichment: sounds to singles words: single words to 2 word phrases: 2 word phrases to short phrases: short phrases to sentences: sentences to long recitation of books and songs.  

Oral stories: from the adult and later, from the child

Books: pictures books for creating story lines as well as printed books

Poetry and nursery rhythms

Songs and Chants


Everyday language

Singing and chanting is a natural part of every day at Rose. We encourage the joy music brings to each of us. Children make up songs, the adult may lead in songs or there might be a song created for a certain time in the day.   From the moment your child enters the school, we encourage language, “Good morning!” Often the time when a child is taking off outdoor clothes and transitioning into indoor shoes, it is a time to ask questions and become involved in conversation. This practice creates deep patterns in the child’s life and reinforces the rhythm that communication takes on: the pauses, the eye contact, the asking of questions and social courtesies that take place.



Psycho-motor Activities

Language is in almost everything we do at Rose. Their minds have been absorbing life like a sponge and now they are developmentally ready to assign words to things with which they have become familiar. In the young Children’s Community, there are areas specifically for language development. The first offers real objects and replicas of objects for the children to explore. The second area includes real objects and replicas of objects alongside images of those objects- both exact images and similar images. The child is going from a three dimensional object to a two dimensional object and make an abstraction in his/her mind. The third area contains language cards; there are no objects and the child is able to learn the language through a two dimensional plane. Each of these areas require initial lessons for the child, and are given to individuals and groups.  

We know that children use their hands and all their senses to gather information and deepen their intelligence. Dr. Montessori realized that children self-construct with three dimensional objects, sensory and motor experiences.

Latch board

9 ring sorter

Smelling containers

Basket of containers

Cutting work with scissors

Gluing work: shapes and collage

Stitching work



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