“These words reveal the child’s inner needs: ‘Help me do it alone.'” – Maria Montessori
First Steps Toward Independence
Very young children have an innate desire to take care of their own needs. We see the child as an individual, allowing her to set her own pace in pursuit of independence. Key components of a successful toddler program include a prepared environment, meaningful activity, and collaboration between parents and teachers.
Toddler classrooms are carefully designed to meet the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. Areas of learning are defined, yet the space is open to allow plenty of room for social interaction and activities required for growth and development. Low shelves feature carefully chosen activities that encourage language development, art, music, and manipulative play.
Areas of learning include large muscle movement and fine motor exercises for hand-eye coordination. Practical life exercises such as pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, zipping and table setting are introduced early, providing opportunities for children to care for themselves and their environment. An eating area includes a place for the children to help with preparation of the food they will eat. This area provides sensory input and real experiences, with real tools for a real purpose. Lessons of grace and courtesy are practiced daily to help toddlers learn to share and be considerate of others.
Engaging, Meaningful Activity
We are committed to providing our toddlers with engaging, meaningful activities which:
- provide experiences that stimulate the senses
- enrich the child’s vocabulary and understanding of language
- provide time for the child to repeat and master activities as long as it is productive
- teach our children how to use tools in the specific environment such as eating utensils, brooms, sponges, etc.
- give children the opportunity to gain a sense of self esteem, self worth, and self confidence
Particularly with this age group, communication and collaboration with parents is essential. We work in partnership and provide support to make the toddler years productive and happy for the entire family.
We offer a Young Toddler classroom for children ages 18 months to 2 years of age and two Older Toddler classrooms for children ages 24 months to 3 years of age. You may choose from morning and full day options, as well as three, four, or five days per week.
As your child nears age three, he or she will start to give us signs that he or she is ready to move up. Language skills will start to develop rapidly; enthusiasm for independence in self care and other work will grow.
Your child is now ready to transition to the Children’s House, for children from the ages of 3 to 6 years.