The Toddler program, for children 18 months and up, takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently.
The Innovative School advances each child's growth and development through a rich and well-prepared environment designed just for toddlers. The classrooms are a special place for the young child to begin his/her steps towards independence and self-reliance.
Dedicated and nurturing teachers implement a developmentally-appropriate toddler-designed curriculum to foster independence, social, cognitive and language development, speech, and strengthen fine and gross motor skills. The environment and curriculum encourage movement and introduces grace and courtesy lessons that promote focus and concentration. An essential part of a toddler’s developing independence is learning to care for him/herself.
Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. Montessori materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. As children grow and learn, activities change in response to their need for challenge. The safe and loving atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to school. Toddlers come to school five days a week and may choose to stay for mornings-only or a full day. Upon completion of the Toddler program, children join our Early Childhood program.
Each curriculum area of the Montessori classroom emphasizes specific skills, but there is dynamic interplay across the areas, enhancing children’s natural learning process.
Montessori Practical Life activities form the cornerstone of the classroom and prepare toddlers for all other areas. These experiences have a purpose of caring for one’s self and environment.
Exposure to well-spoken language is key to developing the ability to communicate. Through conversation, manipulating objects and cards, and contact with others, children are exposed to new vocabulary and modes of expression.
We all learn through our senses, and manipulative activities assist toddlers in the exceptional task of organizing, integrating, learning about their sensory input while refining fine motor development and fostering concentration.
Toddlers explore mathematical thinking with their senses and engaging in sequencing activities. The experience of sorting and classifying leads to numeracy and establishing one-to-one correspondence.
The toddler is in a constant state of motion. The environment is designed to enable children to move freely and define their workspace. Through numerous purposeful activities, toddlers achieve great physical balance and independence.
Art is about process and exploration over producing a product. Creative development occurs at the early stages of drawing–a visual language of marks. Music nurtures the love of singing, chanting, and moving to a beat and rhythm.