Boulder County, Colorado

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Heart and Hands Montessori prepares each child for a future that none of us can predict with accuracy. How? By providing an environment which fosters these following qualities, to take your child far in a wide range of life situations:

infantSoft, safe space to move,
and things to do.
boyplantSomething alive, with texture gets full attention with eyes and hands.
baby2Child working on a geometric puzzle with great concentration. We're so lucky to work with babies!
Corner of the infant room,
with materials.
infstairsExploring materials that challenge eye-hand coordination.
infstairsSafe stairs - infants love
to figure it out.
baby2The stairs give child a unique, high vantage point.
baby2Finding out what different textures feel like.
babys3Off for a ride though the park.
infwparentsVisiting parents join class for 1st birthday celebration.
infwparentsGrassy lawn right outside infant room door.
babys3Making a path through the snow - a source of endless fascination.

Infant Nido

Maria Montessori called the infants' room a "nido" or nest, and it is designed just for them and their special needs. Infants follow an individual activity plan of movement, exploration, feeding, diaper changes and sleeping. During movement time, a child can do small and large motor activities, listen to music, hear the teacher singing or talking, and get fresh air on the playground or in the park.

Watch these videos that explain what Montessori and RIE offer infants and toddlers:

todcraftsTeacher demonstrates and helps these toddlers paint parts of new bird house.
todblocksStacking is a first step in constructing.
readBooks in the hands, words in their heads.
ballrunDrop ball in at top, watch it roll, and do it again.
domeSecure climbable dome, just right size.
ballrunWalking the 6-inch edge.
drummingHearing the rhythm, drumming the sound.
arrangeflowersArranging flowers from the garden.
drummingThey love snack time, and they pay attention, learning to pour drinks carefully.
drinkfromglassManaging his own glass quite well.
foodpourScooping has been demon-strated, now he does it.
drummingToddlers easily learn cleanup activities at this age, and enjoy their competence.
arrangeflowersMore "practical life."
drummingVery pleased to have put on his own shoe.
arrangeflowersMore use of tools, this time
to move snow.


Toddlers, being more mobile and social, do more activities as a group. This includes preparing food, setting table, eating their mid-morning snack, hearing music and all kinds of movement activities. They interact with a wide array of materials, have playground time or a park walk. After lunch they usually nap, snack and have more activity with outdoor periods.

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Parent participation

Prior to the child's first day, parents and child visit briefly for three days in a row to get a feel for the classroom community. This is important to give the parents a chance to get to know the teachers and staff, for the child to connect to the new environment and for the parents know where to place the child's belongings.

Parents are invited to pick up coffee in the kitchen after drop off, read any notices that may be posted, see the parent education and workshop schedule and sign up as they may wish. Parents who feed infants may do so mid-day. For educational programs, please see the section on Parent Education.


Parents supply food and milk for infants. Snacks are included mid-morning and mid-afternoon for toddlers.

foodtable carrot

fruit mix prep

Food includes: fresh fruit and vegetables or other such as applesauce, a grain such as whole wheat bread - often made in class - or crackers, and a protein such as yogurt, cheese or tofu. These snacks provide a time to share food with others as well as try out seasonal produce, some of it from our own garden.

Updated - February 2, 2023

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