“The first two years of life are the most important. … So here begins the new path, wherein it will not be the professor who teaches the child, but the child who teaches the professor.”                      Maria Montessori, “Education for a New World”

Toddlers (15 months - 24 months) 

The development of language and sensory-motor skills are the goals of the toddler room.  Through repetition of language and movement these little ones begin developing their vocabulary and become increasingly self confident in their ability to walk and other bodily movements.  Through music, song, and dance, toddlers have access to a variety of large muscle activities.  Creative art activities are offered allowing the toddlers to make individual choices.  The toddler’s freedom in a safe space is crucial in their development. This is tempered by two important limits - respect for the environment and respect for self.  These lessons will benefit them for a lifetime!

This is a unique year of development in a tender atmosphere where toddlers receive special understanding, very specific structure, and support that fulfill their social, emotional, and psychological needs.  Toddlers want to know that they are loved for who they are.  A reassuring, comforting teacher is never far away. 

Their prepared environment is divided into gross motor, fine motor, and language areas.  Practical Life exercises include care of self, refinement of grace and courtesy, and care of the environment.  All the materials and work activities in the toddler room are designed to develop independence and self-esteem.