Montessori Toddler Curriculum (ages 18 months to three years)
In the toddler classroom, children are introduced to the Montessori program through a variety of hands-on activities in a prepared environment.
Practical Life Practical life activities encourage the child to take care of the environment with size-appropriate tools. The children care for the outside environment through gardening activities and for the inside environment through dusting, mopping, sweeping and washing dishes. The toddler is also directed to take care of himself by washing hands, hanging up clothing, managing personal items and toileting.
Cognitive Skills The toddler is encouraged to explore books and perform various jobs that ultimately increase his ability to concentrate and work independently while creating foundations for learning.
Motor Skills The toddler is refining both fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are heightened through practical life activities such as pouring, sorting, etc. Gross motor skills are heightened in physical activities like rhythm/music movement and outdoor play.
Language Skills Language activities are developing at a rapid rate during the toddler years. Sandpaper letters help the child learn the phonetics of the alphabet. Naming cards and matching introduce foundations for alphabet and language. Stories, finger plays, singing, and spontaneous conversation time encourage both social and language skills.
Math Skills The toddler uses hands-on materials for learning concrete math concepts. The toddler begins to understand number concepts, both quantity and symbol, and the meaning of zero. The child also begins to understand language used in performing simple single-digit addition.
Sensorial Skills The toddler is able to discover and explore the world around her through her five senses.
Art The toddler is able to use various materials to express creativity and to enhance fine motor skills. Language skills are further reinforced through the child’s description of the art and its personal meaning. Social skills particular to gift-giving are introduced and coordinated with traditional holidays.
Schedules to Choose From
Montessori Mornings: During our Montessori Mornings your child will attend school from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Montessori Certified Teachers will be guiding your child in the five areas of the Montessori Classroom. All students are offered an organic non-GMO snack each morning. Students will also get to spend some time in the Certified Explorer Classroom.
Montessori School Day: During our Montessori School Day your child will attend school from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Montessori Certified Teachers will be guiding your child in the five areas of the Montessori Classroom. All students are offered an organic non-GMO snack each morning. Students will also get to spend some time in the Certified Explorer Classroom. Students will bring their lunch to school and eat together. Students are offered Organic Milk or water to go with their lunch. Everyone enjoys an afternoon nap and when children awake they continue their school day until pick up time at 3 p.m.
Before School Extension: As a school we do offer Before School Extension for those families that need to drop their child off before the beginning of school. During this time children are offered breakfast. Students are able to start their work if they would like or may do some before school chores to help prepare the room for the day. Children may be dropped off anytime between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for Before School Care.
After School Extension: As a school we do offer After School Extension for those families that are not able to pick up their child after school. During this time children are offered an organic non-GMO snack. Students are able to continue their Montessori work if they would like or may do some after care extension activities. These activities will include some longer term projects, music, art, cooking and other creative outlets. Children will go outside in the Certified Nature Explore Classroom each day. Children may stay after school between 3 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for After School Extension.