” The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” – Maria Montessori
Our Toddler program 18Months to 3years
The first years of a child’s life are crucial to his or her personality and intellectual development. Young children need not only love, emotional nurturance, and a healthy physical environment, but also an environment that promotes their very real need to learn. The Montessori approach provides a basis for individualized learning activities, appropriate for even the earliest stages of a child’s development.
Maria Montessori a female Italian Doctor believed that children from birth to 3years have an ‘absorbent mind’ and a child is capable of learning much more than most parents think is possible. Your toddler is eager to explore his world, exert his independence, and verbally express himself. In our Montessori toddler classroom, we have created a carefully prepared environment that encourages independence, self discovery, and an interest in learning. Practical life skills, sensorial activities, literature, language enrichment, music, dance, and art form the core of our toddler program.
Our Toddler Program contains all the components necessary to give your child an enriching start to their school experience. This program guides the child to develop independence, completion of task, hands-on exploration and offers a great deal of social interaction. When the child is ready, academically and socially, they will enter the Preschool Program.
Description of the Classroom Areas:
These exercises are the foundation of the Montessori environment. This area provides a range of activities which allow the child to develop control and coordination, awareness of their environment, independent work habits and responsibility through purposeful work. These exercises include such topics as: care of the environment, courtesy, care of the person and movement. The child will perform tasks such as tying shoelaces, zipping, buckling, polishing, folding and pouring and using such materials as the “Dressing Frame”. All of the Montessori materials are adapted to a child’s size.
The Sensorial Materials lay a solid foundation for Mathematics, Geometry, Geography, Botany, Art and Music. The children will sort objects, such as the “Blue Cylinders”, by size, touch, color, weight, sound and temperature and grade from dark to light and small to large. These objects allow the child to classify sensorial impressions in an orderly and scientific manner. Since these materials allow for individual work and repetition, it makes it possible for the child to abstract the concept made concrete in each piece of material, to name it and then to apply it to the environment.
Other areas include:
The Library Corner
The aim for the library corner is to encourage a love for literature in a quiet atmosphere.
This area provides a variety of mediums for the children to create and explore.
Children learn self-help skills and coordination while enjoying a snack with a small group of friends. They serve themselves and clean up their area.
Every day after lunch time the children are taken for a nap or quite time of about 2hours.