Toddler (18 months to 3 years)

 
Our Toddler Classroom provides a safe and nurturing environment that encourages exploration and discovery and allows for freedom of movement. Children build speech and language skills, practical life skills, and fine and gross motor skills.They learn social skills and how to apply them in their interactions with other children. Toilet training is also part of the curriculum. 
 
 
The Montessori curriculum for children in this environment is designed to foster curiosity, self-confidence, respect for self and others, and independence. The “I can do it myself” of children of this age is supported by giving them the guidance and encouragement to accomplish tasks on their own. When children can manipulate materials and discover on their own, they feel a great sense of mastery and positive satisfaction. This helps build self esteem. 

Practical Life activities such as sorting,matching, pouring, scooping, zipping, buttoning, and snapping give children the self-care skills needed to become independent and confident. They also strengthen fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and concentration.

The most important language materials for toddlers are the materials and experiences in their environment. Our teachers reinforce the importance of verbal communication by speaking clearly and supporting the child's expanding vocabulary throughout the day. 
 
 
Working with sensorial materials, the children develop their senses -- as well as the organization and patterning skills inherent in math and language concepts. This fosters intellectual development and builds a foundation for academic learning. Children also become more aware of themselves and the world around them.
 
Early Intervention services in this classroom include one-on-one Speech and Language pathologist support throughout the week as well as occupational, physical and music therapy consultations.
 
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