Montessori Playgroups

“The greatness of the human personality begins at the hour of birth”                                                                           – Maria Montessori

The purpose at Ananda is to bring awareness of Montessori philosophy, and to find support in a community of parents and children learning together. 

In each Montessori Playgroup class, I offer guidance as you learn to observe and respect the natural development of your child. You also interact and practice Montessori as a living process in an environment prepared with both you and your child in mind.

In each Playgroup class, I introduce activities to your child and others to help in developing social skills, concentration, communication, and a sense of belonging to a group, while modeling ways for you to use skills at home.

All parents gather monthly in person at Ananda (or virtually) for a discussion group, facilitated by me. These sessions feature an overview and discussion of topics pertaining to infant/child development and parenting, and serve as a time for you to share and exchange information with one another, and to form friendships and connections.

Discussion topics may include:

  • Observation
  • Symbiotic Period of the Infant
  • Preparing the Home Environment
  • Development of Language
  • Development of Movement
  • Development of Language
  • Breastfeeding, Weaning, and Nutrition
  • Diapers and Toilet Learning
  • Sleep
  • Positive Parenting
  • Montessori Theories

Schedules and Cost

Montessori Playgroup: 8-week course

Parent-Infant, birth to walking

Monday, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Monday, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Parent-Toddler, walking to 3 years

Tuesday, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Thursday, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Friday, 9:30am - 11:00 am

Parent-Preschooler, 3 - 5 years

 Wednesday, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost per 8-week course
1X per wk - $150
2X per wk - $275

Cost per 1.5 hr session, 8-week course
1X per wk - $150
2X per wk - $180

Cost per 8-hour course
1X per wk - $200
2X per wk - $350

Cost per 2 hr session, 8-week course
1X per wk - $180
2X per wk - $325
*Two hour classes are based on readiness and at my discretion

For Montessori Playgroup 8-week Course
  • If you are unable to attend for reasons other than illness or weather, you may book one make-up class. Only one make-up class is permitted per child once you have enrolled.
  • You must notify me at least 24 hours prior to a cancellation, unless due to a sudden illness. If you cancel after this time you will be billed for the class.
  • Siblings (after first child) receive a $50 tuition discount; non-mobile infant siblings, (not walking), are free.
  • Withdrawals: Withdrawals within 2 weeks of the beginning of the course are non-refundable. If you withdraw before this time,  a fee of $25 will be charged to cover administration costs. 
  • Enrollment is open year-round; summer schedules may vary
The Joyful Child: Montessori Global Wisdom for Birth to Three by Susan Stephenson and an Observation Journal will be included for each registered family in Ananda Montessori Playgroups.