Acorn to Oak is an eight-week program designed for infants and toddlers not currently enrolled in a Montessori program and their caregivers.
Our parent-child program, occurring once per week, creates a home-like environment so that you can fully observe and engage with your child. The infant and toddler educator who leads the classes works with each family to provide detailed information about their child’s development.
When she started working at West Side in the early 1980’s, Cindy was a young mother of three children. As Lynn Fisher’s classroom assistant, Cindy brought her 2 ½-year-old daughter with her to the early childhood classroom. Recognizing the need for a toddler program at West Side, Cindy became Montessori-certified at that level and helped to establish and develop the Little House program to be one of the premier Montessori toddler programs in the nation.
Along the way, Cindy and her husband continued as active West Side parents.
From classroom assistant to teacher, team leader, and mentor, Cindy’s focus is always on the child. She has a special interest in parent education and in recent years enhanced and grew the parent/child program designed to introduce Montessori principles and parenting practices to a wide range of local families.
Cindy’s most recent focus has been on Montessori toddler teacher education. She teaches (both remotely and in-person) at multiple Montessori Teacher Education programs throughout the nation and abroad, most frequently in China. As a member of AMS’ Teacher Education Accreditation Council, she helps to develop standards and evaluates Montessori teacher education programs to ensure quality.
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Time with an AMS Montessori-certified adult specializing in infant & toddler development
Support with parenting strategies
An opportunity to meet and share with other parents
For Your Child
A space designed especially for and tailored to small bodies
Weekly, uninterrupted bonding time with a loving adult
Materials and toys chosen specifically for infants and toddlers
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary school and middle school). We are one of the leading private schools in Toledo, and the nation.