Waco Montessori School Toddler Program
(18 months – 3 years approximately) 8:15am – 11:30am or 8:15 am – 3:00pm daily
The Montessori Toddler Program offers children approximately 18 months to 3 years of age opportunities to explore their independence and connection to the world using their extraordinary capacity for learning. The environment is set up much like a home with distinct areas for preparing food, eating, changing clothes, toileting, group activities, individual work and quiet moments. Coming into the Toddler Program, the child sees himself as an individual ready for living in this environment that offers opportunities for social interaction, independence, self-expression, as well as small and large motor development.
A child is encouraged to explore works independently. If we see that a child is struggling with an activity, we will wait and observe, giving the child space and time to exert his or her efforts. Only then will we ask if help is wanted or needed. Our main job is to observe, observe, observe so that we may fully know where a child is developmentally and prepare the environment for challenges and growth.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” – Maria Montessori
We follow the child as they mature to ensure enthusiasm for learning. To meet the various needs a toddler requires during this critical growth stage, our program entails a thoughtfully prepared, nurturing environment that helps foster self-confidence, independence, and satisfying relationships with peers and adults. The child is offered opportunities to grow socially, emotionally, and cognitively through real and positive interactions and carefully chosen materials. The sequence of activities in the toddler enviornment helps give order, consistence, and security to each child’s daily life, thus allowing the child to have the full potential of their first three years.
The following areas constitute our prepared environment:
Practical Life: Enhances the development of task organization and cognitive order through care of self, care of environment, exercises in grace and courtesy, and coordination of physical movement.
Sensorial: Using their senses, the toddler is able to order and classify in relation to length, width, temperature, mass, color, sound, and smell.
Language: Facilitates oral language development, articulation, and expression.
Math: Introduction of early math concepts, such as shape recognition, counting, and association of number to quantity.
Cultural: Exposes the toddler to customs, music, movement, and art from difference regions of the world.
Social/Emotional: Toddlers begin to learn the values of living in a community through one-on-one and group interactions. Misundersandings are resolved in a calm manner. Teachers model what they want the children to do and emphasize grace and courtesy.
Physical: Self-feeding and bathroom skills are learned with consistency, repetition, and patience. With a sense of satisfaction from being increasingly successful, the toddler will move toward independence. Parents and teachers must be consistent to reduce confusion between home and school.