Dr. Montessori said, “Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.” The classrooms are arranged for our children to be able to explore and discover many new things. The Toddler Program is designed to stimulate the senses of our young children and for them to feel and learn from the many Montessori materials laid out in an orderly, sequential fashion. Our holistic approach to education nurtures each child, building upon their own unique skills, background and developmental needs.
Our Classroom Environment
Upon entering our Toddler classroom, you will discover how our classes are set up to meet the highest standards in Early Childhood Education. The different areas of the classrooms provide ample room for “hands-on” learning, where our children are able to work with concrete manipulatives gracefully laid out on our shelves. The overall bright and sunny environment creates a warm and inviting learning environment for the children.
In the Toddler program, our children explore the five key Montessori Curricular areas: Language, Math, Sensorial, Practical Life and Cultural. We incorporate real-life situations and tangible objects in all of the learning areas to reinforce the children’s understanding of the concepts being studied in class. Lessons are then followed up with related in-class activities, geared to help children work both independently and collaboratively in a group.
Following the Montessori Method, our program also focuses on children learning real life skills. These are often referred to as “OCCI,” for Order, Coordination, Concentration and Independence. In addition to developing OCCI, our class learning and activities build each child’s awareness of their 5 Senses, which is imperative for all future learning. Once all of the young child’s developmental milestones are in place, they will then be able to build the skills required for higher learning and cognitive thinking.