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TODDLER COMMUNITY
Ages 18 mo – 3 years

“Toddlerhood” is a period of tremendous development and growth.  During this stage, children develop 80% of their personality, enhance their mobility, improve their gross and fine motor skills, as well as learn they are separate individuals yet a vital part of a community and family.  This is the time the child develops her vestibular system and learns how she will move for the rest of her life.

     

To meet the various needs a toddler requires during this critical growth stage, our program entails a thoughtfully prepared, nurturing environment that fosters self-confidence, self-awareness, independence and satisfying relationships with peers and adults. 
The program offers an opportunity for the child to grow socially, emotionally and cognitively through real and positive interactions and carefully chosen materials.  The sequence of activities in the toddler environment helps give order, consistency and security to each child’s daily life.  Below is a sample schedule of a “typical day.”  Please bear in mind that there is no typical day when it comes to caring for children.  We believe in consistency and also in spontaneity.

    

Toddler Montessori Education Key Concepts

  • Respect for the child
  • Respect for one another
  • Loving, nurturing and establishing trust
  • Aesthetic awareness
  • Exploration and learning through the five senses
  • Sense of order and concentration
  • Prepared environment
  • Cultural diversity
  • Didactic materials
  • Freedom of choice and movement
  • Independence
  • Self-esteem
  • Grace and courtesy
  • Expressive and receptive language development
  • Music and art enrichment
  • Learning through play
  • Fine and gross motor development
  • Working toward independent toileting
  • Practical Life
  • Self discipline
  • Enjoyment
  • Excellent toddler/teacher ratio
  • Montessori certified staff
  • On-going Montessori/child development education for all personnel

  

 

"Typical Day" Schedule

7:15am – 8:30 am Arrivals and Indoor activities
8:30am – 9:00 am Outdoor Activities:
Gross Motor Skills
Morning Snack
Care of the outdoor environment
9:00 am - 10:30 am Individual Indoor Activities:
  Developmentally appropriate activities
Toileting
Music/Circle time
10:30 am - 11:00 am Outdoor Activities
11:00 am - 11:45 am Hand washing, Lunch, Clean-up and 11:30 dismissal
11:45 am - 2:30 pm Nap and Quiet time
2:00 pm Part-day student dismissal
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Toileting
  Individual Indoor Activities
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Outdoor Activities
4:30 pm – 5:45 pm Indoor Activities (see above), Clean-up & dismissal