Toddler Program

During the first 3 years of life, your child develops more rapidly than at any other time. They have, what Montessori termed as, an “absorbent mind” that absorbs large amounts of information from the environment through observation and experiences. These are the years that lay the foundation for later learning—and the stronger the foundation, the more the child will be able to build upon it.

What Will My Child Learn?

Our Toddler program offers a curriculum that emerges from each child’s unique skills and interests. Based on daily observations, guides introduce new materials and activities that pique curiosity and stimulate learning. Learning objectives for your child at this age include developing skills such as language, concentration, problem solving, visual discrimination, and physical coordination.

The routines of everyday living are the foundation of the Toddler program. Activities promote independence, order, coordination, and concentration, as well as support social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.

Self-care

Washing, dressing, toileting, and eating, according to each child’s individual capacity

Care of environment

Cleaning, food preparation and food service; plant care and animal care

Gross-motor activities

Walking, climbing, running, jumping, balancing, climbing steps, and more

Fine-motor skills

Reaching, grasping, picking up objects, transferring objects, using tools and utensils, doing art work

Language

Naming objects, describing actions and intentions, discussing pictures, conversation, music, and singing

Social skills

Developing social skills through interactions with peers, teachers, and adult-led small group games

The Toddler Classroom

Our Toddler environment gives your child the freedom to safely explore and learn through discovery. The setting is calm, inviting, and homelike, with soft rugs, books arrayed on low shelves and materials in baskets. Colors are muted, the atmosphere peaceful. The space is organized, clean, and uncluttered.

The classroom is a community in which respect for the independence and character of your child is paramount. Our guides are consistently calm, gentle, soft-spoken, patient, and trusting. They demonstrate respect and compassion by using eye contact, kneeling to the level of the child, addressing your children by name, and speaking before touching or moving them. The result is a calm, soothing atmosphere in which consistent guides create an emotional safe haven for those in their care.

Learning materials are easily accessible. These materials are designed to foster concentration, problem solving, and a sense of achievement. Children select the material that interests them, use it for as long as they would like, clean it up (with assistance when needed), and make another choice.

Equipment that supports gross and fine motor skills, such as low ladders with railings for children who are just learning to walk, are available for toddlers to try. Child-sized furniture, utensils, and other tools enable children to make independent choices and complete activities, which builds self-confidence, concentration, and critical thinking skills.  

The Materials

The materials go far beyond plastic squeak toys for chewing on and plastic blocks for banging together. Rather, they offer authentic and meaningful learning experiences.

Dust, Sweep & Mop Set

Keeping a clean, orderly classroom is important in a Montessori environment. The practical life activities teach children how to take care of the space around them—from physically cleaning to, on a deeper level, appreciating one’s environment. When taken seriously and presented as an approachable, impactful challenge, these activities hold inherent dignity. These skills allow children to believe in themselves as well as develop the self-discipline needed for success throughout their lives.

Shape Puzzle Set

Introducing a puzzle with more than one piece on the same base is a natural next step in the progression. When these puzzles include all three shapes, the activity allows for consistency from the single-shape puzzles first introduced. The skill isolation is related to shape. For three-shape puzzles including pieces that are all the same shape of varying sizes, the skill isolation is related to size discrimination.

Wooden Threading Shapes with Pointer

Threading beads activity is an excellent way to strengthen the finger muscles and their movement as they work together. It helps children develop fine motor skills essential for being able to pre-writing activities, buttoning the shirt, tie shoelaces, open containers, and more.

Wooden Panel With Locks And Latches

This provides them with an opportunity to use the pincer grip and wrist movement when opening the doors to discover miniature objects and wonderful surprises.

Box With Sliding Lid

A box with 2 compartments and a sliding lid. The child places various objects in one or both compartments and slides the lid to cover or uncover them. This activity helps your child to work on hand and eye coordination, strengthen their wrist muscles, and develop the concept of object permanence.

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