The Toddler Program
12 months to 36 months
"The first six years of the child are the foundation of all the characteristics, attitudes and abilities of his adulthood constructed in such a manner that it lasts throughout his whole life."
~ Dr. Maria Montessori
A child's natural instinct of curiosity leads them down a path towards higher knowledge and wonder. The toddler room serves as a home away from home for children ages 12 months to 36 months. Our classrooms are designed to meet the independent and curious nature of a toddler, allowing them to freely explore in a beautiful and carefully prepared environment. Under the careful guidance of our certified teachers, our children engage in practical life pursuits, such as:
Strengthening language skills
Refining gross and fine motor skills
Developing independence and confidence
Practicing social skills and caring for others
Strengthening Language Skills
Our curriculum caters to all aspects of language development in early childhood. Through active participation, our students use all of their senses in order to build listening skills and follow directions. These attributes will help the students understand receptive and expressive language.
Refining Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Developing motor control is an important milestone in child development. Gross motor skills refer to large body movements such as sitting up, crawling or walking. Fine motor skills refer to smaller, more precise movements, such as holding a crayon or using scissors. Through various activities, our teachers provide the students with the opportunity to enhance these skills.
Developing Independence and Confidence
The journey to independence isn’t an easy one, however, our certified teaching staff is specially trained to help your child tackle it. Independence is an important attribute in the development of children. At Small World Montessori, we build your child’s independence and confidence through our Montessori curriculum. For our toddlers, we provide toilet training, which allows our youngest learners to gain poise and individuality.
Practice Social Skills and Caring for Others
“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment” – Maria Montessori
Our Montessori approach builds a prepared environment that stimulates socialization through natural peer to peer interactions. These interactions help our students create bonds and emotional connections to others.