Our toddler program is designed to assist the child toward independence, social awareness, respect and the development of motor skills and language. A work period of 1 ½ hours is provided for classroom activities.
For toddlers, this is a period of self-development and learning of self-help skills. Our teachers supervise and offer constructive activities to help the toddler develop social skills.
Through song, dance and freedom of choice, the toddlers have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl, and skip. These exercises as well as creative art activities are offered for each child to choose. However, it is tempered by two important limits that will be beneficial for a lifetime – respect for others and respect for the environment.
Coordination of movement and exercises for large muscle groups: jumping, climbing, dance, running, walking, carrying exercises.
Hand-eye coordination and exercises for small muscle groups: bead stringing, pegs, puzzles, gluing, folding. Pouring, transferring, spooning, grasping.
Care of Self: dressing frames, hand washing, and wiping face.
Care of Environment and Grace and Courtesy: sweeping, wiping a table, setting table, table manners, saying “thank you”, “please”, and other kind words.
Refinement of the senses: size, shape, color, texture, smell, and taste.
Art activities, sorting, matching exercises are based on developing the senses.
Sensorial exploration of water, sand, dirt, clay, textured objects, the smell of flowers and food, discriminating size, color, and sound.
Between eighteen months through three years, young children are learning new words everyday. In the Montessori toddler environment, the teacher provides language materials, such as books, objects and pictures.
Story Books: The teachers read a variety of children's literature to the students to stimulate language development and attention-span.
Building vocabulary – Classified vocabulary
Calendar – Days of the Week and Months of the Year
Music and finger plays
Felt story board
Toddlers are very interested in numbers and counting and our teachers work everyday with them.
Calendar Number of the Month: associating quantity to symbol.
Art & Music
Toddlers enjoy basic creative work such as cutting paper, gluing, coloring with chalk and crayons, and painting.
Early childhood research indicates that music is an important part of brain development. Our teachers provide music in several ways; singing songs, playing musical instruments and listening to a variety of children’s songs and classical music.
The toddlers have a scheduled outdoor time and this includes running, climbing, swinging, exploring nature, sand and water.