Age: 18 months to 3 years
Our program is designed to meet the needs, that apply specifically to toddlers from 18-36 months, including what changes a caregiver can look for to know when a toddler may be ready for a particular activity, how to adjust to a toddler’s changing needs, an example of preparing the environment for toddlers, and special points to consider when presenting activities to toddlers. Several detailed Cognitive, Motor and Sensory activities, designed to appeal particularly to the interests and abilities of toddlers.
The Montessori Toddler environment is carefully prepared to aid the toddler in achieving independence. Children who are now comfortably walking leave the nest and move to a space that fits their growing physical needs. There is an observation area for adults, minimal furniture, tiled floors, selected art placed low on the walls, and defined spaces to challenge the coordination of movement. A toddler toileting area encourages beginning training and bathroom independence. At this stage, we stress social interaction with other children, development of language and practical life skills, and music and movement activities.
The curriculum also includes activities that allow the young children to develop fine and gross motor coordination and visual discrimination through the senses and learning materials. This curriculum prepares the toddler for advancement to the Primary class. This structure helps to develop confidence as they learn how to hang up their own coat, pour their own water, and clean up their own spills. A growing conviction of “I can do it” grows within the child as they explore their learning environment and engage with a wide range of educational materials designed just for them.