Our Toddler program recognizes the fertile period of cognitive development in children 16 months through 2.5 years of age. To nurture that, we have developed a rich, well-prepared environment just for toddlers.
Our rich curriculum for toddlers is especially designed to foster cognitive and speech and language development, strengthen fine and gross motor skills, and teach practical life skills. Our efforts nurture independence, confidence, kindness, grace and courtesy.
A dedicated team of warm and nurturing teachers trained in early childhood development and Montessori education assist the toddler children in attaining their goals. Our toddler program is housed in spacious, well-designed areas where toddlers are free to explore their indoor and outdoor environments with all their senses. Attractive learning materials are displayed on low shelves within easy reach for toddlers.
The toddler classroom offers children a unique beginning of self-development in a warm atmosphere of special understanding, respect, and support. The experienced teaching staff fulfills the social, physical, emotional, developmental and psychological needs of each child. Our Toddler program follows the Montessori philosophy that encourages vocabulary development, independence, and self-confidence for each child.
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. The toddler classroom offers an inviting extension (a “doorway”) between the child’s home and entrance into the future preschool classroom awaiting him.
Toddlers are presented opportunities to work in the development of language skills (phonics), basic math skills, sensorial exercises, practical life, art and music and French. 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.
Practical life activities are simple and can be accomplished by each child. They offer repetitive cycles that help the child establish patterns of order and sequencing – even at an early age. Being that the classroom contains very real and specifically purposeful lessons, each child becomes grounded in reality, builds his confidence and gains self-esteem through his success with these early age-appropriate activities.