Le Grand Nido (3–5 years old)
In Le Grand Nido, we apply an important Montessorian principle: age mixing. This challenges younger students and gives older students a sense of responsibility.
The focus in these classrooms is on developing autonomy. The LTL environment, curriculum, and didactic materials all center around this principle. Every child has his/her own chores in the class to foster responsibility and community; these chores also help reinforce fine motor skills.
At Le Grand Nido, we emphasize politeness and courtesy. We work on table manners, etiquette, respect for others and the environment, and on sympathy and empathy.
Besides vocabulary and language skills, our toddlers expand their horizons by becoming familiar with numbers and letters. We also work on sensorial awareness: discovering textures, painting, knowing and recognizing family members (in photo albums), etc.
With a basic understanding in place, Le Grand Nido children take the first steps in verbal communication, reading, and writing.