“Because the first years of life are forever”

85% of the brain is formed by age 3

EDUCATION FROM BIRTH

If we touch children, we touch humanity. We must educate adults to realize that we can only better humanity through the child. We must realize that the child is the builder of the man.

Consciousness does not exist from the beginning; in every child it has to be built up anew in the first years of life

The child’s type of mind is an absorbing mind; it absorbs whatever is around it. Children begin to absorb everything of their environment from the beginning of their lives. It is a mind endowed with special psychic powers, which we lose later.

The first years of life are period of huge transformation. They are times of great difficulty, times when character is formed.

PLAYGROUP MENTOR

Playgroup is guided by Margarita. Margarita is certified AMI (Montessori) teacher for the 0-3 age group (trained by Patricia Wallner / Netherlands) and AMI Assistant 0-3 and 3-6.

Margarita is Occupational therapist from Latvia. She has been working as an Occupational Therapist with adults and children.

Her desire is to open Montessori childcare where a person will be seen with a deep aim, who can distribute his attention and organization on things given to him; such a person will do something in the world

WHY CHOOSE THE PLAYGROUP?

For Children, PLAYGROUP:

• Provides an environment for social interaction.

• Assists in language development and communication.

• Provides a space for children to enjoy Montessori activities 

For Adults, PLAYGROUP:

• Gives parents the opportunity to play and interact with their child.

• Provides a great space for social interaction.

• Allows to share parent´s experiences to support one another.

• Provides a routine that allows families to gather and interact.

WHO IS THIS PLAYGROUP FOR?

Infant group is for children at the age of 0 – 9 months for non-walking  children, who lying on the back or stomach or crawling/pulling

Toddler group is for walking children at the age of 9 – 36 months (a child started to walk or walking freely)

A child attends the group with parents, nannies, and caregivers.

Playgroup is held together with the parent or caregiver, which allows the baby to feel comfortable in the group, contribute to the harmonious development of the child, and help him actively develop and socialize.

Parent assists children to become ready for the formal learning environment.

GOAL OF THE PLAYGROUP

Support the development of the child by assisting him in prepared Montessori environment. 

Children under 3 are going through a stage of rapid brain and skill development. For optimum development, young children need a stimulating environment to play and learn. Playgroups offer babies and toddlers a wide variety of early learning experiences.

Playgroup is a great way for your child to learn about the world, make friends and develop social skills. Playgroup also gives mummies, dads, grandparents and caregivers a chance to share ideas and experiences. Many long-term friendships begin at Playgroup.

Playgroup develops physical skills, teaches problem solving, communication and social interaction and, of course, it’s great fun!

PLAYGROUP LANGUAGE:

Mentor is using English and if it is necessary Russian (Latvian).

Mentor understand Estonian very well, but not speak.

PLAYGROUP DURATION

The duration of the lesson is 1 h 30 min. Number of participants in the group: 5 families.

Each lesson includes:

Free activity in the Montessori environment for 60 minutes.
Individual work in the Montessori environment with materials and toys for fine motor skills and self-service skills, language, sensory skills, coordination of movements and a sense of order.

Music circle in English (15-30 minutes).
We are singing, dancing, playing finger games.

Snack. Your child can sit with others on the table and have some snack

AREAS OF EXPLORATION

Practical life activities. Practical life activities offer the children active participation and collaboration in the aspects of care of self and care of the environment, and preparation of food.

Language. In the language prepared area the children learn the language. All the activities the child engages in become a language lesson, because the child absorbs the language he hears.

Fine Motor skills area. Coordination of hand movements is essential for building intelligence. Maria Montessori called the hand of the child “the second brain”.

Movement. The more the child moves, the more connections neurons make in the brain, so movement makes your child smarter!

Music/Art. Art and music help to integrate both parts of the brain. 

SCHEDULE FOR 2022

Please complete this application form (link) if you are interested in a space in our playgroup classes.

We will contact you upon receipt to give you an idea if a space is available.

 

REGISTRATION

Registration will be open as soon as possible

Generally meet once/twice a week for 1 h 30 min.

Parent decides with mentor on which specific day and time of the week he want to join the group

ENROLLMENT CRITERIA

• Registration for the TRIAL lesson is required

• Adequate level of English, Russian, Latvian or Estonian to allow to understand the playgroup mentor.

• Positive motivation to work with own child.

• Filled out online application form (link) and payments.

• Read the rules of the class and information for parents

ADDRESS:

We are searching for a new space! 

PRICES:

Trial lesson – 10 Euro

28-day card for 4 classes 40

28-day card for 8 classes 70 €

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