Toddler's Community

Toddlers, like older children, want to participate fully in their society. They want to challenge themselves and perform important, meaningful activities. During this stage of life a child begins to master balance, coordination, and reasoning skills. Their experiences construct the base of their personality and lay the foundation for the adult they will become.

Classrooms have everything custom-sized for toddlers enabling full exploration and participation. They are designed to challenge the child but allow him to learn and succeed on his own. This leads to great inner security, high self esteem, a positive self image and strong habits of concentration.

The Toddler Community contains several prepared areas:

PRACTICAL LIFE

Practical Life is divided into three main areas:

  • 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.

LANGUAGE

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.

PROBLEM SOLVING AND LOGICAL THINKING

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.

ART AND MUSIC ACTIVITIES

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, collage, etc.

KITCHEN AND FOOD PREPARATION

Eating is an important social event for the children. Full-day toddlers eat family style with their teacher. They participate in the preparation of the meal, setting the table, serving food, and cleaning up after eating. The children also prepare and serve their snacks, using a toddler-sized sink and counter area.

AIDS TO PSYCHO-SENSORY MOTOR DEVELOPMENT

These materials include sorting, cutting, sewing and other gross and fine motor development activities. These develop eye-hand coordination, body equilibrium, and cause and effect relationships.

OUTDOORS AND GARDEN

Our toddlers spend part of each day outside whenever possible. They play on our shady playground, go for walks, and explore nature.

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