Toddler: ages 15 months (and walking securely) to 2½-3 years old

toddler garden2Even the youngest children can begin on their journey to independence. Our two toddler classrooms provide a peaceful, special space where young children develop skills and play a meaningful role in their own care as well as the care of the classroom environment. Every piece of furniture and all the materials are specially designed and sized to allow toddlers a maximum amount of independence.

  • Think about how your baby learned language. Not with flashcards and rigorous sessions of memorization, but organically, by watching you, experimenting, making mistakes, and understanding what it means to communicate. Montessori is about learning by doing.

Some activities your child might engage in on a typical day include social interaction with other children, development of language skills, care of herself and the environment, food preparation, and music and movement activities. There’s also a beautiful toddler garden where you child can practice digging, planting, and caring for plants.job cutseditThroughout the day, your child’s guide will carefully observe him and ensure that he’s getting the opportunity to engage with whatever aspect of the environment — be it making muffins, sweeping the floor, playing music, or simply observing a squirrel scamper along a tree branch outside — that will enhance his development.

And we’ll keep in close contact with you, too, with daily communication about what your child has been up to, in-depth parent-guide conferences, and several parent education nights each year.

Montessori in the home
Parents often ask us how they can implement parts of the Montessori experience in their homes.

  • On the Aid to Life site, the Association Montessori Internationale and partner organizations offer parents of young children clear, simple, straightforward advice in an easy-to-understand and apply format.

The Aid to Life Initiative is founded on the idea that children develop optimally when they are brought up in an environment that supports their natural development, with an adult who understands how to connect them to positive activity and then allows them enough time to grow and develop according to their own pace and rhythm.