The Montessori Toddler Program aims to have the young child develop coordination, body image and awareness, sense of order and concentration.
The child enters an environment planned and prepared especially for the twenty month to three-year-old. Materials are designed so even the youngest child experiences success in their work and yet the older or more advanced child will find stimulating work as well.
We offer a number of scheduling options in the Montessori toddler program to meet the needs of the children and their families. The full day program (6:45 AM - 5:30 PM) is available two, three, four or five days per week. The half day program (6:45 AM - Noon) is available three, four or fived days per week.
Activities fall into the following categories: Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, Language, and Movement.
Practical life activities aid in the develoment of the child's independence and mastry of the environment. What may look like meaningless activitiy to the outside observer is really very important. Each activity helps the child perfect coordination necessary for work at a later date with the more academic materials. The materials aid in increasing the child's concentration and order.
The sensorial apparatus helps the child become aware of details. Each material isolates one quality such as color, shape, sound, size, etc. The materials begin with gross differences and work toward finer differences.
Math and Language
Math and Language areas are simple, basic and usually approached on a sensorial level. Numbers and letters are intorduced using sandpaper cards. Language is given whenever possible using the various materials in the classroom,
Movement is essential for the young child. They learn through active involvement in their environment. Movement helps the child learn body control. Movement is divided into Balance, Body awareness, Locomotion, Non-locomotion and Tracking.