“… the child’s individual liberty must be so guided that through his activity he may arrive at independence …” ~Dr. Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method
Toddler Community Details:
Ages: 18-36 months
Class Size: 10-12 students; 2 Guides
Location: 895 Linden Rd, Pinehurst
Hours: 8:30-12:30 Monday-Friday
(Parents may choose 2 (M/F), 3 (TWR) or 5 day attendance)
The Toddler Community is full for the 2020-21 school year.
Please submit an application to apply for future enrollment and to be placed on our waiting list.
RSVP to attend one of our upcoming monthly information sessions.
In a Montessori Toddler Community, the classroom environment is prepared in a way that encourages the children to be independent. Practical Life exercises are abundant and teach skills including self-care, care of the environment and care of others.
Toddlers are in a period of development of both large and small muscles, so both fine and gross motor opportunities are available both indoors and outdoors. Toddlers have access to an indoor gross motor area filled with equipment for climbing, tumbling, jumping, throwing, balancing and much more.
Toddlers also spend a great deal of time outdoors either working in our garden (planting seeds, weeding, digging, watering), mud kitchen or playground areas which are all set up to meet the needs of our littlest students.
This environment sets the children up for social, emotional, physical and academic success. Guides for this age group are trained to follow the children’s lead, allow them to make choices throughout their morning and allow them to try things that adults sometimes forget they are capable of. Some of the things our toddlers learn to do on their own at school are:
*Prepare and serve their own snacks each day
*Drink from a glass
*Pour their own drinks
*Wash their dishes
*Clean the table, the windows, the shelves
*Sweep or mop up a spill
*Choose a material to work with, complete/explore the work on a floor mat and return the work to the shelf
*Feed and care for the school pets
*Participate in diaper changes/Use the toilet independently
*Gardening skills; planting seeds, watering, weeding and harvesting
*Making bread from scratch
Other components of the Toddler program include:
*Weekly Yoga and Mindfulness classes in small groups with our certified Yoga Teacher, Ms Kelly
*Spanish play, music, literature and immersion to expose the students to Spanish language and culture
*Daily Music and Movement activities, Instrument Exploration
*Daily Story Time and Active Listening activities
*Nature Connection & Gardening
*Optional weekly Kindermusik classes after school
*Open-Ended, Process-Based Art Opportunities with Quality Materials