The Toddler Classroom offers children 20 months through 3 ½ years of age a unique beginning of self-development in a warm atmosphere of special understanding, respect, and support. The environment is prepared to meet the toddlers growing emotional and cognitive abilities.
In this classroom, there is space for movement, individual work, and group activities. Everything in the environment is proportionate to the child’s size and is designed to be safe and aesthetically pleasing.
In many instances, this is the first experience the child has of being away from his/her caretaker. Taking turns, sharing, patience and attention span are important lessons that each child learns at their own pace. An emphasis on the importance of a peaceful environment, with the necessary nurturing and caring, is a characteristic of this program.
The Montessori guide offers the tenderness, warmth and patience essential at this age. Vocabulary is consistently presented to the children to encourage conversation, model appropriate syntax, and offer rich and precise language. Stories, songs, and poetry all support the language work in the classroom.
Toddlers are presented opportunities to work in the development of language skills (phonics), basic math skills, sensory exercises, practical life, art and music. The practical life area is particularly emphasized as the activities in this area allow children the chance to develop skills to appropriately care for themselves and their environment in the following areas: control of movement, appreciation of the environment and respect.
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