Toddler Program Curriculum
The Montessori Toddler environment is carefully prepared to aid the toddler in achieving independence. Social interaction with other children, development of language skills, cooking, music, and movement activities are stressed.
The curriculum includes activities that allow the young children to develop fine and gross motor coordination and visual discrimination through the senses and learning materials.
The Toddler classroom is enriched by the Montessori Materials that support the child's development and is divided into the following areas:
1. Practical life: This area helps the child with hand-eye coordination, balance, concentration, hand muscle development, and the ability to do things for themselves. They will dust, wipe, set the table and learn to use the toilet and wash their hands.
2. Sensorial area: This area introduces children to the concept of depth, width, and height, as well as different types of shapes, color names, and texture, etc.
3. Language area: This area introduces children to names of family members, body parts, objects, things, etc.
4. Math area: This area exposes children are exposed to counting and the introductory Montessori materials.
5. Geography area: This area teaches children about land and water and about their town, state, country, and continent.
6. Science area: This area covers sinking and floating, fruits and vegetables, tree parts, flower parts, leaf parts, etc.
7. Art area: This area is designed specifically for the little ones to experience with different types of paints and art materials.
8. Foreign Language area: This area exposes children to songs and finger plays in different languages.
9. Music area: This area teaches children about the different sounds in nature and what sounds different animals and birds make. The names of different types of instruments and their sound are covered.
10. Grace and Courtesy: This area considers a very important part of the Montessori curriculum in which children learn to be respectful and kind to everyone and everything in their environment, they learn to use polite manners at the table and in the circle and how to politely interrupt a conversation.
11. Peaceful Classroom: This area instructs children about resolving conflict in a peaceful way.
The child is prepared for advancement to the Casa class.