A unique childcare option is coming for parents in the New River Valley.
A new Montessori school in Blacksburg is now enrolling for later this summer. Montessori Infant Nido Environment is a year-round Montessori school for infants and toddlers from eight weeks of age to six years.
Right now, classes are run in the home of director, Rachel Brunsma but will soon move to a facility with nearly 60 openings. The location, although decided has not yet been announced.
A certified Montessori teacher, Brunsma follows the practice which includes an emphasis on independence and allowing the children to explore activities that meet their developmental needs at whatever age they are at the time. She says it's important especially at a young age. "It's really important to emphasize an educational curriculum for the youngest children between the ages of zero to three," she said. "They are learning so much during that time, not the alphabet but how to move their hands where they want them to go, how to speak, how to communicate with their caregivers."
The Montessori Method of education is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child-physical, social, emotional, cognitive, according to the American Montessori Society. It includes multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work activity
M.I.N.E. also offers all natural or organic classroom materials and cloth diapering as well as all organic vegetarian meals and snacks, included in the cost of tuition.
The following are mugshots of individuals arrested in May by local authorities in Northeast Tennessee.