18 months-3 years old
Our Montessori-trained teachers and assistants guide and support the toddlers as they develop independence, an appreciation for order, and a love of learning.
(Thursday and Friday)
(Monday to Wednesday)
(Monday to Friday)
What to expect from the
toddler community program
We guide toddlers in the exploration of language, music, movement, art, practical life activities, and fine and gross motor activities that are developmentally appropriate.
Day to day
Snack time and outdoor play are part of the toddler's daily routine. Group-time songs and stories encourage an early sense of community and cooperation. Coordination, speech, independence, and confidence are all gained as children work and play in this nurturing environment. Children in our 3-day and 5-day Toddler classes attend an Episcopal chapel once a week, and a Music Together® class once a week. The 2-day classes do not attend chapel or music classes.
Children who are 18 months old and have established independent walking may begin their Montessori experience in either our Toddler 1 or Toddler 2 communities.
Inside the toddler
Learning materials in our classrooms are thoughtfully and deliberately chosen. Hands-on learning is central to the Montessori curriculum and leads to children being engaged in their work, instead of being passive learners.
Our classrooms are responsibly and carefully prepared with multi-sensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning. You will not find rows of desks in a Montessori classroom; rather, students work at tables or on the floor, rolling out mats on which to work and that define their work space. All Montessori classrooms are warm, well-organized, and inviting, to help children feel comfortable and at home.
Learning materials are displayed on open, easily accessible shelves and are arranged in order of their sequence in the curriculum, from the simplest to the most complex. Classrooms are designed for ease of use— featuring low sinks, chairs, and tables; reachable shelves; cozy reading areas; and child-sized flatware, plates, and cups.
“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six.”