Our Toddler Class is a wonderful, fun and unique environment for children ages 18 months to 3 years.
First Steps Toward Independence
Very young children have an innate desire to take care of their own needs. We see the child as an individual, allowing him/her to set their own pace in pursuit of that independence. Key components of a successful toddler program include a prepared environment, meaningful activity, and collaboration between parents and teachers.
Our Toddler classroom is carefully designed to meet the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. Areas of learning are defined, yet the space is open to allow plenty of room for social interaction and activities required for growth and development. Low shelves feature carefully chosen activities that encourage language development, art, music, and manipulative play.
Areas of learning include large muscle movement and fine motor exercises for hand-eye coordination. Practical life exercises such as pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, zipping and table setting are introduced early, providing opportunities for children to care for themselves and their environment. An eating area includes a place for the children to help with preparation of the food they will eat. This area provides sensory input and real experiences, with real tools for a real purpose. Lessons of grace and courtesy are practiced daily to help toddlers learn to share and be considerate of others.
Engaging, Meaningful Activity
We are committed to providing our toddlers with engaging, meaningful activities which:
provide experiences that stimulate the senses
enrich the child’s vocabulary and understanding of language
provide time for the child to repeat and master activities as long as it is productive
teach our children how to use tools in the specific environment such as eating utensils, brooms, sponges, etc.
give children the opportunity to gain a sense of self esteem, self worth, and self confidence
Particularly with this age group, communication and collaboration with parents is essential. We work in partnership and provide support to make the toddler years productive and happy for the entire family.
New Toddler Class Students
Although we require and feel it is important that our students begin school in the summer months as an introduction to the upcoming school year, we also understand that age restrictions and schedules may keep you from starting your child during our summer program. We do offer a Parent and Me Toddler Class which is an alternative introduction to Montessori and can aide in the transition of your child from home or daycare to the Montessori school environment. This class runs for anywhere from 1-3 evenings or Saturday mornings. Our Toddler teachers facilitate this class while parents stay with their child helping to engage them in circle time activities, snack, recess and or outdoor classroom projects. While this won’t take away tears or fears of being left at the school for the first few weeks, it does assist in helping parents feel more comfortable with the Toddler Class routine. For Toddlers, getting used to their new environment will take time. For this reason, we highly encourage parents of Toddler children to consider a 4-5 day a week program and we discourage anything shorter than a 3 full day program for our Toddler children.