About Our Toddler Program
The Montessori for toddler classrooms are simpler and slower paced than the Montessori preschool rooms for three- to six-year-olds. Tables and chairs are smaller and the teacher-child ratio is lower (1:6 or 1:7 all the way to 36 months.) This early childhood education atmosphere is positive, supportive, and non-competitive, and it includes a lot of singing and physical movement. It focuses on learning styles that go well beyond traditional childcare.
The toddler Montessori materials are specifically structured to meet the developmental needs of toddlers and to support their need for purposeful activity. The Montessori toddler classroom focuses on two main areas, language development and acquiring skills for independence and social interactions, supplemented by select, simplified sensorial materials. We’re ready to provide your Golden Valley, Eden Prairie or Bloomington child with an amazing head start in life!
Our toddler environments have a lower teacher-child ratio with teams of four teachers in each classroom.
Our daily program includes activities for language and communication that evolve as your child grows physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
Toddler age children have a special sensitivity for learning language they hear spoken around them. The toddler classroom offers many creative and intriguing linguistic concepts to expand their growing vocabularies. By participating in conversations, listening to stories, classifying objects and learning songs and poems, they nurture their budding language skills.
Older toddlers even get introduced to phonetic awareness through games that ask them to isolate and repeat beginning sounds of words—an advanced skill often taught in kindergarten in other settings!
A simple and orderly environment with a clear, consistent structure and limited choices.
Dr. Montessori realized that much of the toddler’s uncontrollable emotions (tantrums included) come from being out of control – and especially from being in an environment not suited to his needs. Thus, our classrooms are child-sized – and, equally importantly, orderly. A child knows, every day, what to expect when – and where to find his favorite activity. We also offer him limited choices, so he can choose without being overwhelmed.
Skills for Independence
In our classrooms, we facilitate your child’s self-help skill development in several ways.
A toddler spends a large amount of time learning the self-help skills that lead to independence from constant adult help. In our classrooms, we facilitate this development in several ways.
Special “practical life” exercises break down daily tasks into manageable steps, and enable repeated practice to achieve mastery. Toddlers often are in a frustrating position: they want to do things for themselves, but do not know how. Many tantrums can be avoided by enabling a child to do things for himself at a time when he is eager to do so.
Social Skills Development
We gently guide your child to develop the skills through role modeling and language development.
Your child will be gently guided to develop the skills he needs to live together peacefully with other children and adults. We guide him to hang up his own jacket or apron, and put back a work in its proper place in the shelf. We encourage him to problem-solve rather than say “I can’t.” Because children this age have a strong tendency to imitate what they see, our teachers constantly model appropriate social skills, good manners and consideration for others. Our skilled teachers also show your child how to use words to identify the feelings they experience in themselves and that they see in others. In these ways we are able to help smooth their initial social interactions.
Sensorial and Gross Motor Activities
Sensorial comes from the words sense or senses. With dedicated materials, tools, and activities, children are able to concentrate on the refinement of all his senses, from visual to audible to touch.
Our toddler classrooms also contain a selection of simpler Sensorial exercises – such as simplified Knobbed cylinders, puzzles and stacking exercises – which help the children in developing their fine motor skills and their abilities to observe and solve problems.
Our teachers lead the children in song, dance and a variety of other exercises that offer them the opportunity to jump, climb, balance, crawl or skip, and this exercises their large muscles.
Toddler Routines and Activities
- 7:00am — 8:30am: Arrival/Daily Greeting/Contact With Parents
- 8:30am — 11:30am: Morning Work-Cycle (snack available)
- 11:45am — 12:45pm: Lunch and Recess
- 12:30pm — 12:45pm: Half-Day Pick-Up
- 1:00pm — 3:15pm: Napping
- 3:15pm — 6:00pm: Departure/Goodbye/Contact With Parents
LEARN BY DOING
Thank you for your interest in our Montessori program
and in providing the best education possible for your child.