Our toddler program enrolls children ages 15 months to 3 years of age. We offer schedules to accommodate families looking for both part-time and full-time programs.
The goal of the Toddler program is to familiarize the child with the Montessori environment and basic ground rules. This aids the child in social adjustment, emotional adjustment, physical development, intellectual development, learning skills, and to promote the idea that learning and going to school are fun and personally rewarding.
The structure of the curriculum is based on five developmental areas: Sensory and Perceptual, Physical and Motor, Self-Help skills, Language, and Social and Emotional. During the early years of life, Dr. Maria Montessori felt that the “first thing the child’s education demands is the provision of an environment in which he or she can develop the powers given by nature.” Quite literally, the school environment is the curriculum.
The purpose of the Toddler class is to encourage, assist, and protect the development of each child. Toddlers need not only love and emotional nurturing and a healthy physical environment, but also an environment that promotes their very real need to learn. The Montessori Method provides a basis for individualized learning activities, appropriate for even the earliest stages of a child’s development thus enriching their learning with all five senses.