Our toddler program is designed for children 13 months to 32 months. We work with the children and help them grow and become active explorers.
They start their day out working with Exercises of Practical Life and Sensorial in a group with the teacher and their friends or individually on their own. During this time the Teacher will encourage sharing, taking turns, and show them to put away one Montessori material before working with another. This time also gives them the opportunity to learn social skills and manners by saying please, thank you, etc..
Next the teachers will gather the toddlers into a group and have Montessori lessons and presentations. During this time they are introduced to numbers, sounds, letters, shapes and colors by using the Montessori materials. They also work on special activities such as beginning Exercises of Practical life which include pouring, spooning, matching pictures, threading beads, arranging flowers, etc.. Sign language and Spanish is introduced to them throughout the day, where they learn counting, letters, actions and songs.
Using the restroom, getting potty trained and washing hands we practice throughout the day. We then enjoy a morning snack and then go outside where they enjoy playing on the playground equipment, which includes the climber, two slides and playhouses. They also play with balls and sand toys, all of these activities are for developing their large muscle groups.
The older toddlers will go for a nature walk. They then come inside and have music time, where they listen to music, play with musical instruments, sing and dance. After Music it is time for lunch.
After lunch is nap time, the teachers lay out and arrange the cots and rub the children’s backs to put them to sleep while listening to soothing music. After nap time, they wake up and have snack again. After snack, the toddlers play with puzzles, manipulative toys or look at picture books, the teachers will also work on art projects such as painting, coloring, pasting, making collages, etc. Later in the day they go outside again and play some more.