The Toddler Preparation Room –
Your toddler has a once in a lifetime opportunity to absorb information from the environment like a sponge. That’s why Montessori for toddlers is more than just childcare: we provide a toddler with the ideal environment to make the most of this irreplaceable period of time.
Enrolling your child in a Montessori toddler program, rather than at a childcare center, has many benefits. Here are just a few for you to consider:
- A positive toilet learning experience. Done the Montessori way, almost all children can be diaper free soon after starting in our program. Sign up for our newsletter on the form at the right to discover how we work together to facilitate this developmental milestone!
- Fewer toddler struggles. Montessori toddlers learn how to actually do things by themselves, making family meals more fun, and getting out of the house easier.
- A child who learns to play happily by himself. Montessori toddlers learn to play independently. You may be surprised how your 2-year-old can occupy himself happily, without your constant attention, no TV baby-sitting needed!
- A huge spurt in language capability. Many parents report that their children’s vocabulary increased dramatically within a few months of joining our program. Better language skills = more fun interactions with your child, and fewer tantrums caused by not being understood!
Individualized attention, and lots of time to explore
The Montessori toddler classrooms are simpler and slower paced than the primary classrooms for the three to six year olds. The atmosphere is positive, supportive and non-competitive – and includes a lot of singing and physical movement. The toddler Montessori materials are specifically structured to meet the developmental needs of toddlers and to support their need for purposeful activity. The Montessori toddler classroom focuses on two main areas, language development and acquiring skills for independence and social interactions, supplemented by select, simplified Sensorial materials.
Toddler age children have a special sensitivity for learning language they hear spoken around them. The toddler classroom offers many creative and intriguing linguistic concepts to expand their growing vocabularies. By participating in conversations, listening to stories, classifying objects and learning songs and poems, they nurture their budding language skills.
Older toddlers even get introduced to phonetic awareness through games that ask them to isolate and repeat beginning sounds of words—an advanced skill often taught in kindergarten in other settings!
Children who are two to three years old at the beginning of the school year will begin their Montessori experience in the Toddler Preparation classroom. Our Toddler room is located in the lovely and spacious Hilltop Hall. The classroom has a capacity for 18 children. The toddler classroom supports freedom of movement, independent exploration and language development within a nurturing atmosphere. Little ones learn self-care, as well as care for the environment.
Engaging, Meaningful Activity
We are committed to providing our toddlers with engaging, meaningful activities which:
- provide experiences that stimulate the senses
- enrich the child’s vocabulary and understanding of language
- provide time for the child to repeat and master activities
- teach our children how to use tools in the environment such as eating utensils, brooms, sponges, etc.
- give children the opportunity to gain a sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence
Very young children have an innate desire to take care of their own needs. We see the child as an individual, allowing her to set her own pace in pursuit of independence.
There are specifically designed materials in the classroom that support muscle movement and fine motor exercises for hand-eye coordination.
Practical Life Skills
Practical life exercises such as pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, zipping and table setting are introduced early, providing opportunities for children to care for themselves and their environment.