THE MONTESSORI TODDLER PROGRAM FOCUSES ON DEVELOPING THE CHILD’S ABILITY TO CARE FOR THEMSELVES, THEIR ENVIRONMENT, AND OTHERS.
THE CONTENT BELOW INCLUDES A SMALL SAMPLING OF OUR VAST OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED TO THE CHILDREN IN EACH TODDLER CLASSROOM.
THE TODDLER PROGRAM offers options for a half-day or full-day schedule. The half-day program is Monday-Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. You can choose to add the full-day program to your child’s schedule, from 2 days up to 5 days per week. The full-day schedule is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Full-day students may also participate in Before and After Care. Learn more about Tuition Rates.
CARING FOR SELF
FRESH SNACK PREP
Preparing their own fresh squeezed orange juice is just one of many opportunities Toddler Children have in preparing fresh snacks. This work introduces the child to carrying a tray (balance for a young child) and completing work from start to finish. Providing the opportunity for different hand movement and builds muscle strength. Precision- pouring. Working with this material develops small motor skills, independence, and creates interest in nutrition.
Learning to care for themselves includes toileting. We use cotton underpants from the start in the toddler program. Doing so allows the child to feel wet/soiled and an opportunity for the adult to help the child freshen up. We don't call them accidents because the child did it on purpose to relieve themselves. We speak around this very matter of "factly" "oh I see you're wet, let's go freshen up." The bathroom is set up so the child, specifically an older child, can help themselves by getting fresh clothing from their drawer as needed and change using a low stool to sit on and a child-sized toilet or potty chair.
CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
PLANT CARE helps to develop functional independence, equilibrium, and aids in the refinement of using two hands together. Balance and heavy lifting (pots with dirt) help to develop these. It is also a nice activity for a child that might need movement and a safe way to use their strong body.
Aids in developing functional independence. This is a great work, especially for an older toddler who is starting to notice things in their environment such as a table being dirty after they or another child has used it.
GRACE & COURTESY
Just like children's house we give grace and courtesy lessons but often in the moment or indirectly. The children are watching the adults in the environment for cues on how to act and use their own bodies. Therefore it is just as important as adults to set a good example by saying excuse me and thank you. If a child was to push another child we use that as a time to say "you may not touch their body like that, you could offer a hand shake or a hug.”