toddler program (1½ yrs+)
The Toddler program is a small, intimate class for children ages 1½ to approximately 2 1/2 years old.
The following schedules are available:
2 or 3 Half, Full or Ext Days (TTH or MWF)
M-F Half Day
M-F Full Day and Extended Day.
The Toddler program at HMS prepares children for the Montessori Pre or Primary programs. 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. Children who are now comfortably walking leave the nest and move to a space that fits their growing physical needs. 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.
"When the child has come to understand something it is not the end, but only the beginning." – Maria Montessori
Toddlers crave independence and are eager to learn. They develop confidence as they learn how to hang up their own coat, pour their own water, and clean up their own spills. A growing conviction of “I can do it” grows within the child as they explore their learning environment and engage with a wide range of educational materials designed just for them. We also stress social interaction with other children, development of language and practical life skills, and movement activities.
The curriculum includes activities to develop fine and gross motor coordination and visual discrimination through the use of sensorial materials. Materials, which are easily accessible, safe, and appealing, invite children to move about the classroom freely and choose among a variety of activities. The child’s sense of order is developed with the assistance of an orderly environment where everything has a place. The children are encouraged to put one activity away before beginning another. In addition, a full array of enrichment in music, art, Spanish foreign language instruction, and yoga complement the program.
Through the program, each child will learn important life skills including patience and respecting others in a group setting. Each child will also learn essential social skills by participating in group activities that encourage socialization such as circle time and story time. Outdoor play is part of each full day weather permitting. Toilet training is also introduced at this age in partnership with the parents. A toddler toileting area encourages beginning training and bathroom independence when your child is ready.
This program prepares the Toddler for advancement to the either the Pre-Primary or Primary classroom depending upon age and readiness.