“These words reveal the child’s inner needs: ‘Help me to do it alone.’” —Maria Montessori
Children in the first plane of development constantly absorb and process the world around them. They begin to acquire language, develop cognitive and motor skills and imitate the adults in their environment. During this first plane, the child has many needs that must be met. Emotionally, he or she needs love and acceptance, respect and understanding, warmth and protection. The child also has a need for security, order, social relationships, and as much freedom and independence as he or she can handle.
Our Montessori Toddler Community is designed to encourage and promote independence for children two to three years of age. When you visit the Toddler Community, you might encounter children sweeping the floor, listening to a story, playing outdoors, or preparing a snack. Lessons focus primarily on caring for self, food preparation, care of environment, practical life, sensory development, math, and art. The environment is carefully prepared to help the child develop concentration, hand-eye coordination, visual discrimination, and vocabulary.
Practical Life lessons provide one of the best ways for young children to practice and develop their fine and gross motor skills, confidence in their abilities, independence, concentration and focus, and sequential tasks, all while learning how to socialize with one another. Practical life activities include transferring and sorting objects, washing dishes, cleaning spills, personal care, self-serve snack, and pouring liquids.
Sensorial lessons develop and refine the ability the discriminate, which enables the child to classify, order, and visually see the differences in length, width, size, and color.
Math lessons introduce the child to numerals, quantity, and counting.
Language lessons focus on oral language development.
Art, Spanish, and Music are integrated into the daily life of the classroom. We have dynamic, experienced resource teachers who provide weekly classes in these three areas as well.