Children thrive in an environment especially prepared for them. So our toddler classroom is designed for one-on-one lessons and to foster independence at an early age. We emphasize love of learning, development of imagination, freedom with responsibility, vocabulary enrichment, and an introduction to quantities.
Children at the toddler level fall in the first plane of development. This is the stage of the Absorbent Mind, which means they are soaking in all of the information around them. At this stage a child begins to master balance, coordination and reasoning skills. They need order and routine, so a prepared environment allows them to explore freely and meets their needs for order and routine.
We focus on social awareness, grace and courtesy, self-calming, and acknowledgment of the child’s accomplishments. The children are free to work throughout the morning work cycle, with opportunities for activity as a group during circle time and individual lessons. The snack area offers numerous practical life opportunities such as spooning, pouring, dishwashing and manners. Diapering and toileting procedures are also opportunities for independence and self-help. Positive guidance, modeling and redirection are used to encourage and learn appropriate behavior.
Care of Self: Washing hands, dressing, toilet independence, preparing food.
Care of Others: Grace and courtesy lessons, teaching and learning from others, socialization skills.
Care of Environment: Washing, dusting, polishing, and sweeping.
Montessori Language activities build on children’s natural capacity to listen and absorb everything they hear. Language materials are matched with real objects to reinforce physical and spatial concepts as well as vocabulary development. Language is also developed through self-expression.
These skills are developed with activities such as sorting or matching materials and working with puzzles. Most materials are self-correcting to give the child their own control of error. These develop eye-hand coordination, body equilibrium, and cause and effect relationships.
Singing, rhythm activities, and playing instruments are all daily activities in the Toddler Community. Art is explored in the form of drawing, painting, cutting, gluing, and collage work.
Eating is an important social event for the children. Full-day toddlers eat with their teacher. They participate in setting the table, eating and cleaning up after eating. The children also participate in food preparation activities in the practical life area.
Our toddlers spend part of each day outside whenever possible. They play on the playground under the guidance of the teachers and explore nature.
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