(19 months – 3 years)
“Planting the Seeds of Success”
“The development of the child during the first three years after birth is unequaled in intensity and importance by any period that precedes or follows in the whole life of the child.”- Dr. Maria Montessori
Your Toddler has a once in a lifetime opportunity to absorb information from the environment, like a sponge. That’s why Montessori for toddlers is more than just childcare: we provide a toddler with the ideal environment to make the most of this irreplaceable period of time.
We instill in our Toddlers the basic values and skills that will serve them for a lifetime. At this young age their language abilities are just beginning to emerge, so we spend considerable time helping them learn to associate specific letters with sounds, naming and matching objects and of course, singing, with music playing a huge role in this process through the integration of songs that help children develop language skills.
These are the first steps on their journey of intellectual discovery and, even though they might not be aware of it, little games like putting different objects in baskets marked by a corresponding letter represent their first taste of reading. In addition to cognitive development, these years are also time for enormous physical strides. Gross and fine motor skills are emphasized, as we play games and participate in activities that improve coordination and stamina, as well as pincer muscles. We also expand learning outside the four walls of the classroom, spending as much time as possible outside — even during the winter months — to create an appreciation for an active lifestyle. This also offers children their first taste of independence, by giving them the responsibility of dressing themselves for the outdoors.
This video was shared with us by our friends and colleagues from Kanata Montessori School explaining how the Toddler program is different from daycare. The emphasis is on independence, Toddlers doing things for themselves, gaining self satisfaction from accomplishments.