For ages 16 months through 3 years
Once a child begins walking, talking and exploring the world, development accelerates as every moment is a learning experience and every day brings more growth and discovery. During these crucial formative years, the Montessori classroom provides a safe environment for a child to flourish, develop self-identity and also become aware of others. Giving toddlers experiences that empower their curiosity and self-reliance sets a foundation for their academic future success.
Our Toddler Program consists of two classroom settings—one in which self-selected activities take place and another for guided lessons. These classrooms are carefully planned and designed for our youngest students to engage in a wide range of educational and fun activities as well as to interact with one another, enabling learning through exploration, freedom and independence. They are also given lessons in relating to others with kindness, good manners and respect.
For children about two and a half years old, the programming shifts as the child begins to develop a set of interests, and the program becomes more customized to each child’s individual needs and level of development. At this level, referred to as Nursery, an orderly classroom environment helps children to feel a sense of security while they work at their own pace and acquire skills. Academics such as letter sounds and numbers are introduced, and are taught in the nontraditional, proven methods that set Montessori schools apart from standard educational methods.
The underlying goal of the activities and lessons throughout the Toddler program is to holistically foster independence—which in turn promotes self-expression, imagination and intelligence. Children at this age take pride in accomplishing things on their own which builds their self-esteem and confidence and prepares them to move to the next level as they grow physically and emotionally.