Even toddlers can get a little geeky.
At least that’s what the thinking is at Inspire Kids Montessori, which will start offering technology classes to kids as young as 3 years old next month.
For both toddlers and a new primary program for children 3 to 6 years old, the school offers the FutureKiddie Puterbugs program from a company based in Chandler, designed to introduce little ones to basic computer skills and the fundamentals of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. The 30-40 minute classes are available bi-weekly to students for an additional fee.
Diana Darmawaskita, the founder of Inspire Kids, said in a release, “These classes teach children how to use technology properly and how to respect it as a meaningful tool that they will use throughout their lives.”
The program uses software and special mini-laptops designed for small hands. They teach through storytelling and games. Children wear bands with letters to become familiar with the layout of a keyboard.
Each session starts with an overview of the lesson, followed by instruction on how to use a mouse, navigate a computer and other exercises.
The expanding school recently hired a new director, Veronique Bevali, and is adding additional core programs for toddlers and primary level students to respond to the area demand for high-quality early education, Darmawaskita said.
Founded in 2010 in Ahwatukee, the facility features bright classroom environments set up to facilitate student discussion and stimulate collaborative learning and recently renovated “Back to Nature” playgrounds.
Bevali, who holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Aix-Marseille II and teacher’s certification from the French Ministry of Education, said she is looking forward to the new school year.
“I’m excited to work for a school that understands the vital role of early childhood education as an essential building block of a child’s future success and the importance of providing a strong foundation for lifetime learning abilities,” she said.
Inspire Kids Montessori will host an open house 9-11 a.m. Friday to give parents and children a chance to learn about the school’s offerings, ask questions and meet teachers and students. Visiting children will also have the opportunity to participate in school activities.
Parents who enroll their child during the open house will receive a school registration discount.