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Montessori Beginnings is a one hour discovery group for children under age two and their caregivers. Babies and young toddlers explore the Montessori environment designed specifically for them, while parents, grandparents, and nannies engage in discussions built around a variety of parenting topics within the scope of Montessori’s educational practices. The program is offered year-round, with eight weekly meetings per session.


Dr. Maria Montessori believed that one of the most marvelous and mighty tasks of the parent and teacher is to prepare and provide an environment and activities for the child to observe, reflect, learn and ultimately reach their full potential. CVMS hopes to support parents or caregivers on this journey by:

·       Providing an environment that supports healthy bonding between parent or caregiver and child.

·       Providing a safe and supportive space to explore the challenges and celebrations of care giving.

·       Creating opportunities for parents or caregivers to build new and strengthen existing connections with other caregivers.

·       Modeling and familiarizing parents or caregivers with the philosophy and practices of Montessori for both the home and the classroom.

·       Providing resources and tools to assist parents and caregivers in supporting their child’s growing sense of self and independence.

·       Learning from parents and caregivers and children in order to improve upon programming and serve the community more effectively.


Montessori Beginnings Returns Summer 2022!


This class is FREE and not limited to CVMS families--all are welcome! 


CVMS’ popular play group is open to children under the age of two accompanied by their caregivers. We will meet Wednesday mornings, 9:00-10:30 (weather permitting) at the CVMS toddler playground. Each week we will spend time playing together, read a children’s book, sing a song, and teachers Ms. Becky Schiavone (Parent Education Committee Chair, Early Childhood teacher) and Ms. Jennifer Jones (Hand-in-Hand parent course certified, Early Childhood assistant) will facilitate discussion on the following parenting topics.


July 13: Freedom Within Limits

July 20: An Environment for Independence

July 27: Follow The Child

August 10: Language Development

August 17: Peace Education with Grace and Courtesy

August 24: Routines for Eating, Sleeping, and Toilet Learning


Families may wish to bring camping chairs or blankets to sit on, and a snack (teachers will communicate any allergy concerns prior).


All registrants will receive an email with more details one week before the start of our class.


Space is limited; register today:


Contact Ms. Schiavone via for more information.


(typically an 8 week class; 6 week model eliminates The Montessori Movement and Method–will incorporate into week 1, combines Routines and Toileting)

Rebekah Schiavone graduated summa cum laude from Elmira College in 2010 with Bachelor’s degrees in both Childhood Education and English Literature. A native of Horseheads, NY, Becky has worked as a preschool coordinator, teacher, and in-home daycare provider before joining CVMS as the Toddler Teacher in 2016. Becky has two young sons of her own, who attend CVMS. She coordinates service projects throughout the year to benefit the community, including drives for our local NICU and SPCA, sponsoring families for Christmas, and a children’s clothing swap. She is passionate about equipping parents with the necessary tools to raise children that are independent, cooperative, and kind.

Jennifer Jones worked in different daycare facilities, before becoming a stay-at-home mother to her now, 7 year old son. Jennifer joined CVMS in 2020 as a substitute, before accepting a permanent position. Jennifer started out in the toddler room as the assistant, worked summer camp as a lead teacher and is currently working as the assistant to Ms. Becky in Early Childhood. Jennifer has completed multiple courses through Hand-in-Hand Parenting, with her most recent being Hand-in-Hand Professionals Intensive. She has used that knowledge during CVMS' parent education night. She enjoys sharing any information that could help parents feel more empowered and supported. 

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