Infant/Toddler Program Benefits Our Montessori based toddler curriculum supports the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of each child.
Toddlers strengthen, speech and language development and both fine and gross motor skills as they explore self, family, and the world in which they live.
The toddler program prepares the toddler class children for preschool work by exposing them to each area of Montessori curriculum. The toddlers learn concentration, coordination, language skills, responsibility, and respect all of which prepare them well for a successful transition into preschool in Inclusive Montessori.
So What Is So Special About the Montessori Classroom?
There are four main elements that distinguish it from other traditional classrooms:
1. All equipment is accessible to your child and is always available to the child.
2. Your child has freedom of movement both indoors and out as well as a choice of what to do for much of the day.
3. Your child will have personal responsibility for their work; this requires an awareness of the needs of others, avoiding dangerous or hurtful actions, keeping the equipment and resources tidy, putting things away after using them, being good role models for younger children, developing a true social awareness. Learning the Montessori way is, literally, learning for life.
4. Beauty and Harmony: This aspect is too often ignored by those who focus too much on the content of learning. Dr. Montessori felt strongly that the environment must be aesthetically pleasing to encourage learning and concentration.
Too many displays can distract children if they are not properly related to their interests. It reflects the manner in which the Montessori classroom is calm and activities are self-directed.
The most important language materials for a toddler are the materials and experiences in the child’s environment. Reinforcing the importance of verbal communication, speaking clearly and supporting the child’s expanding vocabulary are a daily process in the toddler environment.
For a toddler written language is experienced through the adult’s oral reading and story time.
These activities revolve around four areas:
Stories read aloud
Size and shape discrimination exercises
Picture-word cards Matching
Isolating initial sounds
Maria Montessori believed that a child’s mind is mathematical and based on the order and perceptual awareness found in the development of the senses. The acquisition of mathematical principals is seem as developing logically form concrete to abstract and simple to complex. The child who has experienced basic concepts involved with the practical life and sensorial materials to progresses naturally to the beginning math activities.
We make this enjoyable by providing these very day activities:
Counting Activities (1- 5 and 1-10)
Develops the difference in dimension, width, length, and size can be found in these materials:
Counting fingers, animals, children, objects in the environment, etc.
Numeral sandbox tracing Concept of Time
Periods of the day (morning, afternoon, evening)
Curriculum Science for the toddler means activities where the child can directly observe and manipulate physical properties. The tactile element is the key ingredient for learning about their world.
Appropriate science activities for toddlers allow for the maximum child interaction and minimal adult intervention.
These activities make a significant contribution to the child’s development because they foster autonomous functioning. When children can manipulate materials and equipment and discover on their own, they feel a great sense of mastery and positive satisfaction which helps build their self-concepts.
It is extremely important to remember that it is the process not the product that is important and creates learning within the child.
Living v. nonliving
Sink and float activities
Magnetic v. nonmagnetic
The Spanish program is designed to enable students to comprehend and speak their basic thoughts and questions in a second language.
The curriculum utilizes a combination of speaking, writing, and activities that are often based on music, art or Total Physical Response. Students learn to express themselves in a second language environment that promotes confidence and creativity.
Cultural Studies Curriculum
One of the best ways to promote peace is to help children respect all people, regardless of culture or belief. Our school community is made up of diverse cultures, ethnicities and traditions. With that in mind, our approach to holiday celebrations is very simple. We prepare our room in advance of the holiday, talk to the children about the event, and then celebrate in a manner appropriate for a toddler. In acknowledgment of the fact that not all families share the same holidays and traditions, we talk about the different ways that families may celebrate at home.
Our holiday celebrations are connected to the seasons of the year, and so our room is decorated with an emphasis on the season in which the holiday is celebrated, as well as nods to the actual holiday that we will be talking about.
As we celebrate and learn about the important holidays children are exposed to tratitional cultural artifacts and music for that specific culture. If availeable food is prepared and served to the children. This is an activity where parents are encouraged to share their ethnial roots with the childen.
Chinese New Year
Cinco de Mayo
Fourth of July
Control of movement
Walking the line Respect and care of environment
Squeezing a sponge
Sweeping the floor
Pouring grains and water
Rolling a rug
Using tools such as hammers and screwdrivers
Opening and closing jar lids
Opening and closing latches
Using a strainer, beater, whisk
Scrubbing a shell, rock, doll
Caring for animals
Recycling Grace, courtesy, and etiquette
“Please” and “Thank you”
Walking around the rug
Care of person
Large button frame
Hanging up coat
Health and safety
Nutrition and food preparation Community Service
Collecting teddy bears for a local children’s shelter
This consists of lessons and materials that educate and refine the child’s senses.
The sensorial materials are designed to simplify learning and awareness of the environment by isolating difficulty; isolating the senses; encouraging mastery through repetition; possessing self-correction within the material; and presenting an attractive appearance to the child. By working with the sensorial materials, children develop the organization and patterning skills inherent in math and language concepts that build upon the sensory awareness stimulated by the sensorial materials.
These materials include:
Color tablets box 1 and 2
Binomial cube Tactile
Visual Arts Curriculum
The visual arts program seeks to foster creativity, problem solving, and selfexpression as it relates to each child’s level of development from Toddler to Middle School.
Art lessons use a variety of auditory, kinesthetic, and visual components. Students are encouraged to experience the art process as each concept is presented utilizing a variety of 2-D and 3-D materials to help them truly absorb and understand the lesson’s objectives.
Lessons include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage making, and print making.
The Toddler curriculum focuses on the exploration of different materials.
The music curriculum combines individual and group work with lessons designed to appeal to a variety of learning styles. This directly relates to our mission of enhancing the Montessori philosophy with other innovation methods.