Our Montessori Toddler Classroom is for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Our program
provides toddlers with the experience of learning and socialization in a small group. Toddlers in
our environment are given many opportunities for learning through discovery and exploration
based on the developmental needs of each child.
The furniture and materials are appropriately sized and prepared so that the toddler develops
independence, concentration and coordination. Toddlers in the Montessori Classroom have a
love of learning because it is designed based upon their favorite interests. Our environment
helps the children to gain self confidence and self esteem, as well as independence. Soon after starting your toddler will start showing you and saying, "I want to do it myself." Children who gain these skills at a young age are better prepared to be successful in all social and learning environments as they get older.
MSOE Toddler Program Curriculum
Grace and Courtesy: The most important part of our curriculum. The children learn what it
means to be courteous, kind and respectful to others and our environment. It is emphasized
throughout the day, each and every day.
Care of the Person: Work Activities such as hand washing, combing hair, wiping nose and
dressing and undressing are some of the activities that provide independence.
Care of Environment: Work Activities include watering plants, sweeping, dusting, mopping and
cleaning up a spill are some ways the toddlers learn responsibility and competence.
Control of Movement: Moving about the classroom while carrying trays and work mats. Gross
Motor Movements during Music and Movement time, Outside time and sitting still during Circle
Time are all examples of how children learn how to control their bodies.
Toddlers are in the Sensitive Period for Language. A Sensitive Period is a window of time
during which a child is most able to be successful at learning a concept. Receptive and
Expressive, Language is very important in a toddler’s development. To expand the toddlers
vocabulary, there are many objects, cards and matching name works.
These are Montessori materials that aid in eye-hand coordination. Many works are available
that integrate several of the five senses of sight, smell, touch , hearing and taste.
There are many Manipulatives in our environment that give the children the opportunity to build
and be creative. Legos, Mega Blocks, Wooden Blocks, Bristle Blocks, and Wooden train sets
are just a few of the Manipulatives the children can enjoy.
There are many opportunities for the toddlers to express themselves through Art Mediums such
as play dough, paint, glue, drawing, and cutting.
We have Music and Movement everyday during Circle. We have Music Class once a week
where we are introduced to new songs and many different kinds of instruments.
We have a Spanish lesson every day. Our Curriculum includes learning the Spanish words for
numbers, colors, food, and animals.