Bristow Montessori School. Bristow, VA 20136

Admissions of students without regard to race, color, gender, or religion

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703 468 1191

9050 Devlin Rd

Bristow, VA 20136

6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Monday to Friday

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Contact Us

703 468 1191

9050 Devlin Rd

Bristow, VA 20136

6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Monday to Friday

Toddler Program

Respect

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”
photo of Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the […]

Concentration

“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”
photo of Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.”

Natural Process

“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
photo of Dr. Maria Montessori

Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by […]

Living Environment

“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared […]

Education

“Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.”

Growth

“Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.”

Family

“BMS has been wonderful. BMS isn't just a school, they've also become like family. The staff genuinely cares about the children and we couldn't be happier with their services.”

- Parent of 4-year-old

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- Parent of 4-year-old

“BMS has been wonderful. BMS isn’t just a school, they’ve also become like family. The staff genuinely cares about the […]

Needs

“These words reveal the child’s inner needs; ‘Help me to do it alone’.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“These words reveal the child’s inner needs; ‘Help me to do it alone’.”

Love

“Of all things love is the most potent.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Of all things love is the most potent.”

Smile

“We have two kids attending BMS and we all love it! We have been part of the BMS family for 3 years now. The staff is always available to answer questions and greet you at the door with a smile. Our kids are excelling in all categories, and way ahead of County school standards for their age. I highly recommend BMS to any parent who wants the best for their child.”

- Parent of 3 and 4 year-old

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- Parent of 3 and 4 year-old

“We have two kids attending BMS and we all love it! We have been part of the BMS family for […]

Work

“Such experiences is not just play…. It is work he must do in order to grow up.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Such experiences is not just play…. It is work he must do in order to grow up.”

Guidance

“But an adult if he is to provide proper guidance, must always be calm and act slowly so that the child who is watching him can clearly see his actions in all their particulars.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“But an adult if he is to provide proper guidance, must always be calm and act slowly so that the […]

Kind

“My 2.5 year old started at BMS when she was only 4 months old, and I couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll her here. With every room my daughter transitions to the teachers are kind and truly care for her well-being. I would recommend this school to any parent without hesitation.”

- Parent of 5-year-old

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- Parent of 5-year-old

“My 2.5 year old started at BMS when she was only 4 months old, and I couldn’t be happier with […]

Independance

“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”
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Dr. Maria Montessori

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Dr. Maria Montessori

photo of Dr. Maria Montessori
“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”

Toddler Program

16 mo. – 24 mo.

Class Size: 10-12 (12 maximum)

Our toddler program is committed to promoting quality Montessori toddler care for children from 16 months to 24 months, based on American Montessori Society principles. The aim is to accomplish the following:

  • Foster the development of trust
  • Assist in the natural development of personality, based on unique needs and wants
  • Respond appropriately to the toddler’s needs to be loved, respected, and accepted
  • Nurture toddlers through their senses, allowing children to observe and move freely
  • Encourage independence with feedings
  • Maintain a routine that is predictable so that the child feels secure in his/her environment
  • Establish a partnership with the family. The family is considered an integral part of the individual’s total development
  • Develop a stronger sense of self, self-confidence, and independence

“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”

-Maria Montessori

Toddler Program Teaching Tools & Concepts

For our Toddler Program, the BMS teacher in the toddler setting will incorporate the following tools:

  • Knowledge of Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate for toddlers
  • Knowledge of early childhood development
  • Observational skills to assist the development of each child
  • Responsive environments to meet the toddler’s developmental needs
  • Daily routines and incorporating them into the toddler’s curriculum
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
  • Respect for the child as an individual human being
  • Respect for the environment as a resource for the child’s development
  • Responsibility to assist and protect the child’s development

In addition, the BMS Toddler Specialists will incorporate the following teaching concepts:

Exposure to Montessori sensory and language materials to build a foundation for confidence and independence, which will be expanded upon in the 2-3 year pre-primary program.

Some examples include the following:

Practical life: Includes helping the children prepare their table, eat unassisted, clean up after themselves and begins the foundation for potty training

Sensory: Allows the toddler to learn about the world through their senses, for example exploring the outdoors in a safe play space

Language: Language activities and materials to encourage using words, increase vocabulary and conversational skills

Art and Music: Through song and dance, toddlers have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, or skip

Toddler Program Classroom Environment

The classroom environment for the toddler program will include the following:

  • Staff educated in the Montessori philosophy and methodology appropriate for toddlers
  • Montessori materials and equipment for toddlers to explore and experience and that are designed to meet the developmental stages of toddlers
  • A classroom that conforms to the physical needs of the children:
    • Lots of natural light and child sized tables, chairs, and other furnishings
    • Allowance for freedom of movement, which is essential to the development of the toddler’s potential
    • Characteristics of order, simplicity, and beauty which meet the needs of the child and inspires curiosity
  • A firmer schedule designed to promote consistency
  • Specific activities are designed to allow the child to develop fine motor (pre-writing) skills, increase the child’s vocabulary, develop coordination and strength
  • Free explorations of the classroom to encourage curiosity and gross motor skills

Toddler Program Teachers

Ms. Sabina
Lead Pre-Primary Guide
Ms. Sabina has been a part of the Bristow Montessori School for over 6 years,…
Ms. Kristen
Assistant Toddler Guide
Ms. Kristen is the youngest of four daughters. Her father was in the army and…
Ms. Yousra
Assistant Toddler Guide
Yousra joins us this year in the Toddler environment as an Aftercare instructor. She has…