Toddler Community (15-35 Months)
Our Unique Montessori environment is carefully planned and prepared to aid the inquisitive toddler in achieving independence. In our warm and nurturing setting, the children come to feel the classroom is their own peaceful, special space where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their classroom environment.
The focus with the toddler program is on introducing Montessori practices, parent education and child development. The toddler classroom is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence and the materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children. Social interaction with other children, development of language skills, care of oneself and the environment, food preparation, music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience.
Through careful observation of the children, the educator is able to link each child to whatever aspect of the environment will enhance the child's physical psychological and social development at any given time. The educator is always looking out for "sensitive periods" when the child demonstrates an almost obsessive interest in a particular activity that is essential to his or her growth. The adults in the environment are the children's models. They conduct themselves in the way they expect the children to conduct themselves. Children at this age learn not only through individual lessons and independent practice, but also through their attention to what the adults in their lives do.
An open, supportive relationship between educators and parents is essential to providing optimal conditions for the toddler in the Montessori classroom. Daily communication, formal conferences and parent education classes contribute to an atmosphere in which each child can realize his or her full potential.