(2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years)
(18 months to 3 years)
This is the stage in a child's development where they use their bodies, senses, and emerging problem-solving skills to learn about and make sense of their world. Maria Montessori observed that children who are allowed freedom in an environment suited to their needs thrive best.
Toddlers actively seek out information and are quick to learn new skills. We allow them the freedom to learn as much as they can at their own pace as they build confidence and independence.
Our educators give toddlers responsive, individualized attention to help build skills in:
Physical and Motor Skills
Sensory and Perception
Social and Emotional Growth
Once your child is ready for it, they are moved to our Transition Program where they are prepared for our Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.
Here your child will enjoy more independence as they move from one activity to another, learning how to select and manage their work periods. At this stage our teachers focus on nurturing your child’s individual development within a group setting. We are working on social, emotional and academic skills to prepare then for our PreK and Kindergarten programs.
Our classrooms are mixed-age so our Pre-K and Kindergarteners share the same space. Because the learning is individualized, your child can still work at his/her own pace while participating in a mixed age classroom community. Younger children benefit from example, and learn from the activities of the older children, while older children gain the self-confidence that comes with responsibility and leadership.
The Kindergarten year is when your child gets to reep the rewards of the seeds they've planted throughout their development in Montessori. This is the time when many of the earlier lessons come together and become a permanent part of your child's understanding.
By this point in your child's education, your teacher knows them very well and has a valuable understanding of his/her capabilities, passions, and challenges.
Young children are naturally curious about everything and they learn best when allowed to explore and discover at their own speed. Our Pre-K learning environment is designed to encourage each child to move, touch, and manipulate. They are free to work independently, based on their own capabilities, with gentle and respectful guidance from their teacher.
Our classrooms are warm, inviting, attractive indoor and outdoor spaces with an intriguing array of learning materials, books, plants, animals, art and music materials. We have a lovely garden in our play area where children get hands-on learning and a chance to nurture living things.
At this stage, your children are preparing academically for Kindergarten while also devloping concentration, motivation, self-direction and a love of learning.