The Toddler Community

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The Toddler Community
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Two to Three Year Olds

“All that we ourselves are, has been made by the child; by the child we were in the first two years of our lives.” – Maria Montessori

The Toddler Community

The Montessori toddler community offers children 2 to 3 years of age opportunities to explore their own capabilities and to develop independence within a supportive environment. Our Montessori toddler community provides a nurturing place for young children to begin their ‘education for life’.

The toddler environment is a space designed for the developmental needs of this age group from the size of the furniture, and activities provided, to the emotional support and guidance given. The toddler classroom is set up very much like a ‘home away from home’ with distinct areas like food preparation, changing clothes, toileting, group activities, individual activities and quiet moments.

A lead teacher and an assistant provide the love, patience and respect necessary for the toddler to feel safe and thrive within this community. The teacher is a Montessori trained professional, accomplished in recognizing and nurturing the specific developmental needs of this unique phase. Our youngest children can learn and grow individually, while also participating in cooperative group play, and lessons with other children. For the children enrolled in our toddler community, each day presents an opportunity for strengthening language skills, refining gross motor skills, developing fine motor skills and encouraging independence.

Toddlers are most successful when enrolled in the five day program. Providing consistency in their schedule and building on the previous dayʼs momentum helps the child feel safe and build confidence. Three and two day schedules are only provided for children who are secure with themselves and can be happy and successful each day.

FAQ: When is a toddler ready to move to next level?

When a child nears the age of three, he may show signs of readiness to transition to the primary level (3-6 years). The child shows signs of shifting from an unconscious to conscious state of being.  He has the ability to follow verbal directions, speaking in articulated phrases or sentences, engaging in conversation, staying focused for a two period lesson, and uses the toilet independently. The teacher will then prepare him to transition. Short visits to his new classroom will prepare him for the date he formally joins his new classroom.