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Nido: A Home Away From Home

18 Months - 24 Months

Welcome to our safe place for babies to grow and learn while feeling loved. Our Nido classroom makes it safe for children to begin reaching new milestones. Our Nido program on Practical Life activities to foster independence in children. Weather permitting, lessons are offered outdoors. Young children are capable of initiating their own learning, and our approach is to provide an environment that fosters this.

Children aged 18 - 24 months have the following schedule options:

— 5 days a week from 8:15am until 12:00pm (Monday - Friday)


Not a classroom, a Home!

A special place with many characteristics of the home. 

Nido Program

Princeton Preparatory's Nido Program is designed to give children ages 18 months to 24 months a warm, nurturing ‘home away from home' environment where they are supported in taking their first steps toward independence in a beautiful, cooperative community setting. The Nido program is led by a trained Montessori Guide who is assisted by 1 Assistant.

Children aged 18 - 24 months have the following schedule options:
— 5 days a week from 8:15am until 12:00pm

Time in a Nido classroom follows the natural rhythms of home. During the morning work cycle, children may explore the many beautiful Montessori materials in the classroom or garden, receive individual or group lessons from the teacher, or participate in small group activities such as singing, dancing, painting, story-telling, gardening, and food preparation.

Oral language: Language development is emphasized throughout the morning as the Guide and her Assistant offer each child new vocabulary, encourage conversation, model good syntax and share stories, songs and poems.

Motor and Coordination Skills: Large motor skills, fine motor skills and coordination are enhanced by the child’s work with specially designed Montessori materials, while activities such as dancing, gardening, washing, sweeping, and sing-alongs provide opportunities for further refinement of movement.

Independence: Children work with increasing independence as they master classroom materials; learn to put on their jackets and shoes; and take care of the classroom by sweeping, preparing food, washing, folding, gardening, scrubbing, and more. The children are also supported in toilet training and feel great pride as they learn how to take care of themselves.

Potty Training: We work closely with the child and family to help foster independence in the restroom. The morning work cycle includes regular reminders to visit the restroom. It incorporates time for the child to be successful as they learn through experience.

Meal Prep: Children learn grace and courtesy skills by setting the table and sharing meals together. The Montessori classroom recognizes the importance of this daily activity. Children help prepare the food, set and clear the table, and wash up the dishes – all the while acquiring new vocabulary, honing motor skills, absorbing social norms, and taking great satisfaction in their contribution to the life of the classroom. 


Transitioning: Children in the Nido are guaranteed placement in our Toddler classroom. Children transition between 22 to 24 months, in accordance with their individual development.

Fostering Independence

"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own desire to learn” Maria Montessori.



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