At this tender age children are inventors, problem solvers and discoverers. They are learning about the world around them one day at a time! Repetition! Repetition! Repetition! Children love to repeat the same task over and over and over and over! We encourage children in this environment to feel as comfortable as possible as they learn vital skills of respecting and adjusting to the Montessori environment. The mastery of the cycle of activity is crucial in this environment as it will prepare them for the Primary class that awaits them! Your child will have many wonders of Practical experiences, such as, gardening, large/small motor skill development and pre-math conceptual development. Visual aids and vocabulary enrichment exercises in English and Spanish are woven into the daily schedule for your child. Your child will begin spiritual enhancement by learning appropriate grace and courtesies during devotion time and as they mature attending chapel services. Dancing, movement, finger plays and nursery rhymes will serve as an extension to pre-math, pre-language, sensorial and cultural concepts. Your child will also receive formal potty training to aid in his independent skill development.
Montessori Toddler Curriculum
Practical Life activities encourage the child to take care of the environment with size appropriate tools. The children care for the outside environment through gardening activities and the inside environment through dusting, mopping, sweeping, and washing dishes. Our Toddlers are also directed to take care of themselves by washing hands, hanging up clothing, managing personal items, and toileting.
The Toddler is encouraged to explore books and various jobs that ultimately increase ability to concentrate, work independently, and create foundations for learning.
The Toddler is refining both fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are heightened through practical life activities like pouring, sorting, etc. Gross motor skills are heightened in physical activities like rhythm/music movement and outdoor play.
Language activities are developing at a rapid rate during the Toddler years. Sandpaper letters help the child learn the phonetics of the alphabet. Naming cards and matching introduce foundations for alphabet and language. Stories, finger plays, singing, and spontaneous conversation time encourage both social and language skills.
The Toddler uses hands-on materials for learning concrete math concepts. The Toddler begins to understand number concepts, both quantity and symbol, and the meaning of zero. The child also begins to understand language used in performing simple single-digit addition.
The Toddler is able to discover and explore the world around them through the child’s five senses.
The Toddler learns about the environment through the use of “trial and error”.
Lessons in geography introduce the concept of a globe and create a framework for whole world to self-world learning.
The Toddler is able to use various materials to express creativity and to enhance fine motor skills. Language skills are further reinforced through the child’s description of the art and its personal meaning. Social skills particular to gift-giving are introduced and coordinated with traditional holidays.
The use of sign language in the Toddler Program helps the child express needs in a non-verbal manner. This can help reduce the frustration level of the child who is in the earliest stages of verbal expression.