From birth to three years old children learn more thoroughly, quickly and efficiently than at any other time of life; their absorbent minds are like a sponge soaking up information. At perhaps no other stage of life is the joy of learning so evident. When given the opportunity, children will grow and develop through experience, training and practice.
“Why would anyone do 'daycare' when for about the same investment, you can get so much more!” The infant and toddler program at CCM focuses on the individual child’s needs and helps him or her develop independence. Children of this age want to contribute to their society and will mimic the actions of the adults around them. Dressing themselves, taking care of plants and animals, serving themselves food and drink, and washing eating utensils are just a few of the many tasks they want to accomplish.
“We cannot say enough about how wonderful her preschool teacher, Mrs. Herron, has been. She is so kind and passionate about her work. She shows daily how much she loves these children... Mrs. Herron has fostered a love of learning that will be with our daughter the rest of her life.” ~ Ted and Janet
Our program is based upon sound science:
- Development that occurs in motor abilities, the brain, and sensation and perception during the first three years of life lays important groundwork for such skills as language, reading, writing and mathematics.
- During the first three years of life, the brain absorbs more information than at any other time.
- Repetition helps develop and maintain strong neural pathways in the brain.
- Neural pathways developed in the first three years of life are the most stable over a person’s lifetime.
- Given opportunity and training, young children are capable of developing many more skills than most people assume.
Calm, Secure, Ordered Classrooms
Our classsrooms are calm, secure, ordered, and have materials and activities that are designed for learning. Our preparation not only applies to the physical environment, but also to the people and experiences the child encounters in our program. The teachers strive to model the behavior they want the children to emulate (i.e. treating others with respect, speaking in calm, quiet voices, and returning materials to their proper places).
Cognitive Effectiveness through Sensorial Development
Children build cognitive effectiveness as they touch, see, smell, taste, listen, and explore the physical properties of their environment through the use of specially-designed materials.
Practical Life Skills
These activities include tasks children see as part of the daily life in their home: self-care, preparing & serving food, cleaning, polishing, sewing, weaving, carpentry skills, etc. Our children develop coordination, concentration, self-discipline, and learn to complete a task from beginning to end.
A Strong Academic Foundation
Toddlers are introduced to various academic subjects as they are ready; guided by teachers they learn at their own pace. Toddler teachers work closely with the primary teachers to bring additional work into the classroom as needed. Students also learn beginning phonics, math, geography, science, art and music.
Our program also encourages a close personal relationship with Jesus. We attend Chapel weekly and our daily lessons include Bible stories, Bible songs, Bible overview and prayer.
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Meet Our Teachers
Mrs. Brittney Herron
Brittney Herron is a Lead Toddler Teacher at Cornerstone Christian Montessori. She has always loved to work with children- from babysitting jobs as a teenager, to teaching Sunday school, to volunteering in classrooms at local elementary schools while working in the pharmacy. After marrying and having a child of her own, Brittney discovered Cornerstone Christian Montessori and quickly became enthralled with the Montessori Method. She soon left her job in the pharmacy to pursue her dream of teaching.
She attended assistant training through United Montessori Schools of Indiana, and became a certified teacher through the North American Montessori Center shortly thereafter. Her oldest daughter attended Cornerstone through 3rd grade, and her youngest daughter is currently in the toddler program. Outside of CCM, Brittney enjoys spending time with her family, taking walks and exploring new places, trying new recipes, reading, and attending Notre Dame Football games!
Mrs. Kaitlyn Hayward
Kaitlyn Hayward is a Lead Toddler Lead Teacher. She began her career with CCM in 2014 with training and experience in the Infant/Toddler classrooms. She received her International Montessori Teaching Diploma through the North American Montessori Center in 2017. During the summer months, she spends her class time with Toddlers, Primary and Elementary aged students and has a passion for learning and giving them new experiences. One of her favorite instances is observing “light bulb” moments where a material or activity “clicks” with a student and they realize the objective of a work.
She believes children need our love, kindness, and reassurance by supportive words and touch, as well as patience and humor to let children learn self-sufficiency within a Montessori mindset. Outside of Cornerstone Christian Montessori, Kaitlyn can be found cooking, gardening, reading, shopping at Target, going to comic conventions or spending time with her family. Her oldest daughter is a CCM alumni and her youngest is currently a student.
Mrs. Julia Stone
Julia Stone was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. She moved to the United States in 1991, lived in New York for nine years and worked as a nanny for a family with two wonderful children. After having her son, she moved to Elkhart and fell in love with the community. When her son turned 3 and was ready to join preschool, she began volunteering and felt called to teaching. She has been guiding little ones ever since. She began her career at Cornerstone Christian Montessori in 2014, first as an After Care Teacher, then as an Infant and Toddler Assistant.
After attending Early Childhood Conferences at IUSB and completing Infant and Toddler training sessions, she became the Lead Infant Teacher. She feels a special connection with fellow teachers and families that she’s met over the years. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, gardening through the summer, and knitting or crocheting on cold winter days. She is known for her wonderful baking and cooking talents. She enjoys going for strolls at Walker Park and simply staying active. She is passionate about Maria Montessori’s philosophy and her ideas about education and she feels blessed to be a part of the CCM family.