Children Ages 12-36 Months
Some refer to this developmental period as “The Testing Ones and Twos.” We disagree; toddlers are terrific. We love everything about them – their energy, determination and curiosity – and purposefully created a very special place for your toddler to learn.
Your child has a natural drive to be independent which we encourage by creating an environment where everything is just the right size for her to do things on her own. Child sized tools that fit her tiny hands allow her to prepare a snack and serve it to friends. A miniature broom empowers her to clean up on her own. She is taught the skills of self-care and toilet training. Your child learns a set of concrete life skills and self-confidence – but, more importantly, develops the belief that she can choose to make a genuine impact on her world.
Not a classroom, a community!
Our students grow together into a close-knit, caring community. When children work, learn and grow together, they learn much more than any of them could learn alone.
Our bright and sunny toddler classrooms are specially designed for your child between the ages of 12 and 36 months. It is a world scaled down to your child’s size. Here, your child cleans, prepares meals, waters the garden, sings songs with friends and plays with materials that develop fine and gross motor coordination.
Often, children who don’t do things for themselves simply don’t know how or haven’t been given the chance. We take a different approach – by observing your child closely, providing just the right lesson when she is ready and then allowing her to practice again and again (and again!) until she masters it. Mistakes are viewed as learning opportunities in an atmosphere of patience, trust and respect.
We surround your child with rich and stimulating conversation to support this once-in-a-lifetime period of rapid language development. Your child, trying to blow bubbles, might be encouraged with “Blow! Can you make the air move just like the wind?” Your child’s mind effortlessly absorbs the new vocabulary, which plants the seeds for reading, writing and self-expression in the future.
Making first friends and learning how to function within a community is a life-shaping experience for your child. Your child emerges with strong friendships that will continue as she moves through the rest of the programs in our School.
Where so many early childhood programs are chaotic and overwhelming, parents are often surprised to see the peaceful tone of our toddler classroom. The calm atmosphere and lack of distraction helps her to develop impulse control and concentration, planting the seeds for learning in this classroom and beyond.
Maria Montessori once said, “One test of the correctness of the educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” Take a peek into our Toddler Community and you will see children who are happy, engaged and deeply connected to their friends and teachers. As a result, your child develops a deep affinity for school and a true love-for-learning.
To be a toddler is to be curious. There are so many things to see, touch, hear, feel and do in the classroom! Beautiful materials that stimulate her senses are rotated frequently on low shelves to pique your child’s curiosity. She is encouraged to move freely around the classroom, to choose activities and explore her own interests.
Sometime between the ages of 2.9 to 3 years of age, your child’s language skills and self-expression will develop rapidly; he will express a growing confidence in independence and a keen interest in broader concepts; he will want to know what lies ahead, outside of the Toddler Community. At this point, he is ready to move up to the Children’s House Classroom, for children from the ages of 3 to 6.
“In the special environment prepared for them in our schools, the children themselves found a sentence that expressed their inner need: Help me to do it by myself.”
—Dr. Maria Montessori
LEARN BY DOING
Montessori toddlers learn how to do things for themselves, making family meals more fun, and getting out of the house easier.
To respect a child means to intentionally act in a way to promote optimal development and learning. Respect means avoiding harm, not interfering, and having regard for your child’s wishes, feelings, and rights.
We support the individual development of your child. We are not a one-size-fits-all curriculum, not all children are ready for the same thing at the same age.