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Toddler

A Montessori Toddler Community is for children age 15 months to 3 years old. The eBridge toddler program provides young children the experience of socializing and learning within a small group of similar aged peers.  Toddlers in the Montessori environment are offered opportunities for exploration, discovery and learning based on their individual developmental needs.

The furniture and materials in the Montessori Toddler environment are appropriately sized and ordered to help the young toddler develop concentration, coordination and independence.  The toddler becomes very comfortable and content within the environment since it is created just for him.  Toddlers who experience a Montessori Toddler Environment gain self-help skills, high levels of self-confidence and self-esteem, a feeling of competence and control and truly fall in love with learning.  When these skills are developed at such a young age the child is prepared to be successful in all future social and learning environments.

A Typical Day

8:00 – 8:30 Morning care
8:30 – 8:45 Arrival time
8:30 – 9:00 Indoor/Outdoor recess
9:00 – 11:30 Morning snack and work period
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch time
12:00 Half-day dismissal
12:30 – 3:00 Nap time
3:00 Full-day dismissal
3:00 – 5:40 Afternoon snack, recess, after school activities

 

Montessori Toddler Program Curriculum

Practical Life

Care of the Person: The children are offered opportunities to care for themselves and gain independence.  Activities may include hand washing, combing hair, wiping the nose, dressing and undressing.

Care of the Environment:  The children are allowed to explore and care for the classroom and are offered the tools to be successful.  The children gain a sense of competence and learn responsibility.  Activities may include watering plants, cleaning up a wet spill, sweeping, dusting and mopping.

Food Preparation:  Children are able to learn about and try different fruits and vegetables.  When appropriate the children can wash, peel, slice and serve snack to themselves and their peers.

Control of Movement:  Opportunities for climbing, balancing, walking, running, moving objects and sitting quietly help the young child to coordinate and order his movements and are essential to learning.

Grace and Courtesy:  Teachers model and explain good manners and treat everything and everyone in the environment with respect.  Young children are very able to understand and begin using proper courtesies.

Language

Toddlers are in the Sensitive Period for Language.  The development of receptive and verbal language is very important to the growing toddler.  Receptive language is developed through hearing and understanding proper, consistent and specific language in the environment.  Good quality books are read in class. To expand their vocabulary, children work daily with many different nomenclature objects and vocabulary matching cards.

Psycho Sensory Motor Development

Children are offered activities to develop their hand strength and pincer grasp. We use Montessori materials specifically designed to help children with supinated wrist movements and eye-hand coordination. We work to develop the sterognostic sense (understanding a form through touch) and offer experiences in crossing the midline of the body to improve coordination and balance.

Music and Art

Singing, dancing and exposure to different types of music are part of the toddler classroom.  Instruments are offered for the children to experience making music and to develop rhythm and coordination.  Children are allowed to express themselves through different artistic mediums such as paint, clay, crayons; gluing, cutting and sewing.