Early Childhood The Early Childhood Program at St. Anthony is a link between home and school for our youngest students in the Padua 2 and 3's program  Students are given the opportunity to develop their abilities through age-appropriate activities in a nurturing environment. Students in the early childhood classes benefit from the individualized attention made possible by the small class sizes: approximately 1 adult to 8 children in the 2 and 3 year-old programs. Montessori teaching methods are utilized in the early childhood program. The early childhood program strives to instill in each child a lifelong love of learning through fun-filled, exciting school experiences. MONTESSORI Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the objective of an early childhood education is to cultivate a child's natural desire to learn.  A child learns best when he/she is free to discover within a prepared environment. To learn more about Maria Montessori and her philosophy go to: Montessori Connections PLACES TO EXPLORE For more early childhood extension and reinforcement activities click on the following websites and explore together:  BillyBear 4 Kids  AlphabetSoup We encourage our parents to explore all avenues of early childhood education. Read with your children everyday, play with them regularly and show them that learning is fun.