Who are you?
We are Nonna's Intergenerational Christian Montessori Day Programming!
What do all the words in your name mean?
Nonna = Italian for Grandmother.
Intergenerational = Multi-ages; 6 months to 6 years and 60 plus! We know everyone thrives when the oldest and youngest have meaningful community and bonding. Research shows that interactive multi-generational is beneficial to everyone.
Christian = We are Christ-followers and love is the most important thing. We love because He first loved us. We are non-denominational, Gospel-centered, Christian community that believes "in the essentials - unity; in the non-essentials - liberty; and in all things - charity." We stand on Ephesians 1 as our theological posture.
Montessori = an educational method that is based on observation with respect for people, prepared environments and trained teacher guides. Choice and control are paramount in the process as we focus on respect, responsibility and resourcefulness.
Day Programming = all day, all year options for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and elders. Come during the daytime hours as a home away from home. Our children's hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Our elder's hours, a Day Community especially designed for Dementia Care, are from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm with extended care available upon request.
What is the Italian connection?
Dr. Maria Montessori = one of the first, female, Italian physician who lived at the turn of the century and discovered, through scientific observation, a natural educational process based on human tendencies. She designed hands-on materials and prepared environments that gained world-wide recognition and results.
Nido = nest in Italian and perfectly describes the natural environment for babies and toddlers to discover the world around them and move freely - learning to eat, sleep, play and move organically with loving adults who guide them. Dr. Montessori described a space for the very youngest that was a nurturing nest.
Casa = house in Italian and is the term that Dr. Montessori used in 1907 to describe her "casa de bambini" which means house of the child. This term depicts the environment where preschool and kindergarten age children have furniture and learning tools that perfectly fit their size. There is even a doorway just their height welcoming them into their community.
Vecchio = elder in Italian and honors the beautiful heritage and history, wisdom and experience that each elder brings into the community. The Montessori method is now being applied to our elders, especially those living with dementia, who are benefiting from the method and materials on a daily basis.