It is impossible not to smile when you see our toddlers. These young learners begin their journey and thrive in an environment that provides the love, understanding, and empathy they need along with the information, logicial limits, and support they will use to grow.
Toddlers are in what Maria Montessori termed the first plane of development, where they learn through their senses and their young minds absorb more than the thirstiest sponge! Modern research confirms that the first five years of life are unique in this aspect of brain development, and our program provides a happy, stimulating, well-planned environment and guidance to make the most of them.
9:05 am. The children are settling in, putting their coats and bags in their cubbies, and choosing an indoor or outdoor work. ('Work' in Montessori refers to the learning activities children do, which may look very much like play to your eyes, but is carefully set up and structured for their needs.)
10:00 am An older toddler is helping a younger one prepare a snack, spreading butter on bread with special safe tools. Even at this young age, children are able to and do prepare their own snacks with guidance from their teachers, who also help them learn how to clean up afterward.
10:45 am Circle time. Children sit 'criss-cross applesauce' and are listening to 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar,' since they spied several of the small creatures in their garden this morning. Those who have trouble sitting still are gently redirected outside with a teacher or to another work.
Nature walks, music, cooking demonstrations, gardening and food tasting are all part of the menu of activities. Sometimes special guests come and talk to the toddlers about their work (a helicopter pilot was a recent guest) or to show them a special animal or plant.
Our Toddler Program is for children 18 months to three years of age, five days per week, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm for the morning session. We also offer a full day program that runs until 3:00 as well as extended care options, beginning at 7:30 am and running until 6:00 pm.