Children at the toddler age are working hard at building the foundation for their character. Self-esteem, purpose, social skills, and grace and courtesies are the greater part of the toddler’s learning processes, Montessori’s ‘multi-age’ philosophy allows for older children to assist the younger children, while the younger children learn from and mimic the older children.
It is our first mission to appeal to the child’s natural curiosity. With this in mind, the environment is prepared in such a way that encourages free exploration while also becoming a functioning member of a social group. Activities are positioned around the room in a manner that inspires the children to move about, choosing work independently. The toddlers begin to experience concepts such as sequencing, gradations, forms, shapes, textures, and sounds.
The activities change and evolve as the child grows physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
Child-sized tables, chairs, sinks, stools, bookshelves and toilets, allow the toddler to become independent and build on his self-esteem. They experience the rewarding feeling of “I can do it myself”.
To further this sense of self accomplishment and pride, the toddler environment is full of Practical Life activities which the child can do himself. These activities include tasks that we as adults take for granted and include such things as; getting dressed/undressed, preparing food, setting the table, sweeping/mopping the floor, pouring from a pitcher, spooning and scooping and much more.
Our lead teachers are eitherAMS (American Montessori Society) or AMI (Associates Montessori Internationale) certified Infant and Toddler professionals, with an in-depth comprehension understanding of the young child's needs and development. The toddler teachers all strive to provide the respect, tenderness, warmth, and patience that the children deserve and that best allows each child to blossom as a unique and confident individual