The Toddler community is designed around the basic Montessori concept of “freedom within limits.” The environment is prepared with age-appropriate materials and exercises that encourage each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm. The equipment in the prepared environment and separate toddler playground areas, as well as the consistency of our routines, have all been carefully designed to foster the development of our youngest students.
The toddler day includes independent and small group activities that develop gross and fine motor skills, cognitive, social, and language skills. Art, music and free play round out their busy day. And, since children in this age group love to be “on the go,” ample opportunity is provided to explore the outdoor environment, engage in water activities, or just run in the sun for a part of every day.
Skills for Life
An important part of each toddlers social development revolves around practical life skills. They are encouraged to help clean up after art or activity periods and often help prepare their morning and late afternoon snack. We also work with our students on cleanliness and hygiene, developing the routine of washing hands before and after meals and other appropriate times. We believe toilet training is a normal acquisition that is both developmental and learned and will work with parents to make sure that the opportunity is available to the child when the time is right.
The time in a child’s life from 18 – 36 months is delightful, with new discoveries occurring almost every day; but we acknowledge that it can be a frustrating time too. To this end, we encourage frequent parent/teacher communication and endeavor to share pertinent information just as quickly as changes occur. In addition to these routine and regular contacts, we schedule a written progress report and two in-depth parent/teacher conferences each school year.