( Ages 1 - 3 years )
8:30 - 9:00 Arrival Time
9:00 - 11:00 Morning Snack and Work Period
11:00 - 11:30 Outdoor Recess
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:00 - 2:30 Nap Time
2:30 - 3:00 Afternoon Snack and Work Period
3:00 - 3:30 Full-Day Dismissal
Montessori Toddler Program Curriculum
Care of the Person: The children are offered opportunities to care for themselves and gain independence. Activities may include hand washing, combing hair, wiping the nose, dressing and undressing.
Care of the Environment: The children are allowed to explore and care for the classroom and are offered the tools to be successful. The children gain a sense of competence and learn responsibility. Activities may include watering plants, cleaning up a wet spill, sweeping, dusting and mopping.
Food Preparation: Children are able to learn about and try different fruits and vegetables. When appropriate the children can wash, peel, slice and serve snack to themselves and their peers.
Control of Movement: Opportunities for climbing, balancing, walking, running, moving objects and sitting quietly help the young child to coordinate and order his movements and are essential to learning.
Grace and Courtesy: Teachers model and explain good manners and treat everything and everyone in the environment with respect. Young children are very able to understand and begin using proper courtesies.
Toddlers are in the Sensitive Period for Language. The development of receptive and verbal language is very important to the growing toddler. Receptive language is developed through hearing and understanding proper, consistent and specific language in the environment. Good quality books are read in class. To expand their vocabulary, children work daily with many different nomenclature objects and vocabulary matching cards.
Psycho Sensory Motor Development
Children are offered activities to develop their hand strength and pincer grasp. We use Montessori materials specifically designed to help children with supinated wrist movements and eye-hand coordination. We work to develop the sterognostic sense (understanding a form through touch) and offer experiences in crossing the midline of the body to improve coordination and balance.
Music and Art
Singing, dancing and exposure to different types of music are part of the toddler classroom. Instruments are offered for the children to experience making music and to develop rhythm and coordination. Children are allowed to express themselves through different artistic mediums such as paint, clay, crayons; gluing, cutting and sewing.