toddler program (18 mths+)
The Toddler program is for children ages 18 months by October 1 to approximately 2.5 years old. There are key areas of development in the toddler years that a high-quality Montessori toddler program addresses, resulting in an optimal early learning environment for the child. Read our blog post to learn more about key learning areas during these years.
At HMS, we offer professionally certified Montessori and/or trained Toddler teachers who understand the Montessori philosophy and materials. We also offer flexible schedules with part and full-time choices, as well as a high-quality summer program for our youngest students.
With toddlers, we focus on the development of basic trust while supporting their emerging sense of self. Independence and order are encouraged, and self-confidence is enhanced through social and learning experiences. Music, movement, food preparation, snack, toilet-training, choices and outdoor play are all part of the daily routine for toddlers.
We place a great emphasis on carefully guiding each child into this new environment, since this may be a child’s first experience away from his or her primary caregiver. We work closely with each family to ensure that the child’s first school experience is a positive one. As we work through the beginning months of school to establish a routine and overcome any separation anxiety, we nurture each child through this stage of growth.
The Toddler program focuses on language, independence, physical development, and everyday living skills. We offer very young children a unique year of exploration in a gentle atmosphere. In the toddler environment, there is space for movement, space for individual work and space for group activities. Everything in the environment is proportionate to the child’s size and is designed to be safe and aesthetically pleasing for children.
Toddlers are slowly acquiring language and will enjoy our art, music, sensorial, and practical life activities. The practical life area is particularly emphasized as these activities give children the chance to develop skills to care for themselves and their environment. Practical life activities are simple and can be accomplished by each child. Through repetition, each child learns patterns and develops order and sequencing skills. Repeated successes with these activities helps build a child's confidence. In addition, toddlers have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl, or skip. These exercises, as well as creative art activities, are offered for each child to choose in a safe and nurturing environment under the guidance of a Montessori certified teacher.
Toddlers are introduced to age appropriate Montessori materials and they are invited to make choices from a variety of activities designed to support their growth and needs.
"When the child has come to understand something it is not the end, but only the beginning." – Maria Montessori