“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their
innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” – Maria Montessori
Our Montessori Toddler environment supports the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of each child. Toddlers strengthen speech and language development; also develop fine and gross motor skills as they explore self, family and the world in which they live.
Our Toddler environments prepare toddlers both for the Toddler and primary environment. The toddlers learn concentration, coordination, language skills, responsibility and respect—all of which prepare them well for a successful transition into the primary environment.
- Practical Life:
The practical life materials and exercises are designed to contribute to the development of both fine and gross motor skills and assist the child in building high self-esteem, self-control, independence and concentration.
The Sensorial materials help toddlers develop fine motor skills — as well as the organization and patterning skills inherent in math and language concepts. Sensorial activities challenge the child to match objects by size, shape, color, or solve simple puzzles. Toddlers enjoy sensorial exploration of water, sand, dirt, clay, textured objects, the smell of flowers and food, discriminating size, color, and sound.
The most important language materials for a toddler are the materials and experiences in the child’s environment. Reinforcing the importance of verbal communication, speaking clearly, and supporting the child’s expanding vocabulary are a daily process in the toddler environment. For the toddler, written language is experienced through the adult’s oral reading and story time.
- Music & Art:
Music in the toddler environment is all about singing and movement. The toddlers are developing voices and learning rhythms, but all the children know is that they are having fun. The mission is to make music lessons as fun as possible so that the children will think of music as an enjoyable pastime. It is our goal to provide a rich and varied musical environment.
- Grace and Courtsey:
Grace and Courtesy lessons give the child the vocabulary, actions, and steps required for him to build his awareness and responsiveness of those around him. This in turn gives the child a better sense of orientation in his social structure.