Montessori Curriculum for Toddlers
Our Toddler Program is a fun, loving, and respectful place for our youngest students to become independent and self-confident individuals. We encourage them to explore their rich classroom environments by making their own choices from among a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials.
Our resourceful Toddler classrooms promote language, math, practical life exercises, science, and the arts as well as fine and gross motor activities. Individual attention is paid to promoting each child’s emerging language skills and each child’s curiosity to explore all of the learning materials and the outdoors. The primary goal is to support the children's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth and to nurture their sense of being in a secure and stimulating environment.
The most important language materials for a toddler are the materials and experiences in the child's environment. For the toddler, written language is experienced through the teacher’s oral reading and story time. Children also learn language through matching cards, vocabulary cards, stories, size and shape discrimination exercises, picture-word cards, and by isolating initial sounds. Activities include books, puzzles, naming objects, nursery rhymes and songs.
Toddler’s minds are full of energy that propels them to absorb, manipulate, classify, order, sequence, abstract, and repeat. We make this enjoyable for toddlers by providing these every day activities:
- Singing songs
- Counting animals, shapes, fingers, objects in the environment, etc.
Concept of Time:
- Daily routine
- Periods of the day (morning, afternoon, evening)
Most children are interested in practical life activities because the activities respond to all the important periods of early childhood development. Practical life activities build a foundation on which the toddlers learn to gain control of their large and small motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination. This area will allow the toddler to develop his/her sense of independence.
The Toddler program places far more emphasis on the Sensorial Curriculum. The Sensorial activities challenge the toddler to match and distinguish objects by size, shape, color and solve simple puzzles. Toddlers love sensorial exploration of water, sand, play dough, textured objects, and the smell of flowers.
Science for the toddler means activities where the child can directly observe and manipulate physical properties. 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. Toddlers will explore:
- Plant care
- Nature walks
- Living vs. nonliving
- Life cycles
- Sink and float activities
- Magnetic v. nonmagnetic
- Color mixing
- Water properties
Children acquire new languages most naturally at this age as all languages simply contribute to their word bank. The Spanish curriculum uses a combination of speaking, music and art to allow children to be exposed to a second language. Toddlers will be introduced to numbers, colors, songs, and basic vocabulary in Spanish.
This includes studies of the world and other cultures through photographs, molds, globes, flags and puzzles. Montessori children achieve early understanding of the concepts of continent, country, and state world's regions and the names of many countries of the world. More important, the goal is acquiring an understanding of the world's other cultures and what they offer.
The toddler is able to use various materials to express creativity and to enhance fine motor skills such as coloring, gluing, cutting, drawing, and painting.
The music curriculum seeks to foster a love for music. Toddlers are learning language, so they are interested in the lyrics as well as the melody and rhythm. The music curriculum offers early exposure for music appreciation.
Movement Arts seeks to benefit all children. We focus on the development of gross motor skills and following directions in a group. Toddlers clap, roll, jump, bend, stretch, dance, and hop. Movement is fun and exploration is exciting.