The Toddler Community
"I am a unique person."
Five-days a week, half-day program: Monday-Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Full Day schedules are discussed on an individual basis depending on availability.
Our Toddler Community serves children who are comfortably walking, approximately ages 18 months to 3 years, in a small and intimate group of up to 12 children and two trained teachers.
Dr. Montessori believed that the first three years of life are the most fundamental in the development of human beings and their potential. In the Toddler Community, children interact in an environment that is specially prepared to meet their needs. Rather than a classroom setting, it is a nurturing environment which cultivates motor coordination, independence, and language.
Under the guidance of a Montessori trained guide, children participate joyfully in simple, purposeful tasks, suited to the needs, interests, and capabilities of the child.
Some of the activities include baking, tending to plants, sharing a beautiful song, and manipulating interesting materials which help with large and small motor coordination.
In the Toddler Community, we focus on the child's development of self-confidence, growing independence, and understanding that he or she is a respected member of a community.
Once the child shows readiness, usually around two and one half to three years of age, he or she transitions into the Primary Program.
Toddlers do not need to be toilet trained to join our Toddler Community, but they do need to be walking steadily so that they can safely and successfully navigate in the classroom environment.
What to Expect
The pace of the Toddler Community is unhurried and homelike, thus supporting children in their early strides for independence.
The Toddler Community is a nurturing environment where very young children experience their first structured contact with other children. By this time, the children are able to separate from their parents in a positive and enjoyable way and benefit from new experiences.