Outside learning has always been important in a Montessori environment. The toddlers spend time in our grassy play area with our herb garden exploring, eating snack, doing art, water play, or using the ride on toys. They also have access to the larger playground where our castle resides. Around the age of two and one half years, the child is ready to move into the Children’s House Pre-Primary Classroom. This is based on the child’s development and is recommended by the Directress at the proper time.
The six areas of focus in the toddler classroom are: Language, Practical Life, Sensorial, Manipulatives, Art and Dramatic Play.
Language – A toddler’s language skills are cultivated within an environment rich in books, stories read to them, language nomenclature cards, naming items in their environment, songs, fingerplays and modeling by loving adults. These are done daily during group time.
Practical Life – A toddler learns to transfer objects, fold cloths, wash, help with snack and lunch, carry items and sweep daily. These encourage independence and the child gains confidence and coordination through learning these skills.
Sensorial Manipulatives – A toddler works with manipulatives involving colors and shapes daily. These manipulatives also assist the child in developing eye hand coordination.
Art and Dramatic Play – Toddlers enjoy art activities in the classroom daily. These may include clay work, gluing, tearing strips of paper, painting, chalk work, and dress up costumes.
“To assist a child we must provide him with an environment which will enable him to develop freely.” Maria Montessori
The Toddler Classroom
Children may join our toddler classroom around the age of fifteen months. Language, gross motor skills and independence are developing. These are nurtured within a well prepared environment. This environment also provides first social experiences with other toddlers. They are able to explore and learn. They are able to learn practical life activities such as carrying an activity, folding cloths, transferring objects, washing, helping put napkins out for snack and lunch, language nomenclature cards, gluing, chalk, painting, clay work, singing, musical instruments from around the world and finger plays.
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