o childhood. As the toddlers gradually become comfortable in their new environment they learn to trust the teachers and other children around them. Practical life activities in the classroom are given to aid in the child’s intellect, will, and movement and to aid the child in his path to independence.
The toddler program also appropriately accommodates the very young child’s sensitive period for language by offering creative and intriguing concepts to expand their growing vocabularies. Joining conversations, listening to stories, classifying objects and learning songs and poems all nurture their budding language skills. To help smooth their initial social interactions, the toddlers also learn to use words for the feelings they experience in themselves and others. Many of the activities in the toddler program highlight the self–help skills that lead to independence. Children are gently urged to hang up their own coats and aprons and to solve a problem rather than say, “I can’t”. Since this is an age of very strong imitation, the teachers constantly model appropriate social skills, good manners and consideration of others.
Through song, dance and freedom of choice, the toddlers have access to a variety of large muscle activities that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl or skip. These exercises, as well as creative art activities, are offered for each child to choose. This freedom in a safe space is crucial to the toddler program. However it is always tempered by two important limits that will be beneficial for a lifetime — respect for others and respect for the environment.
A parents’ Guide to the Montessori Class-room‖ By Aline D. Wolf
Tempe Montessori School offers a five day a week toddler program with AMI certified Head guides and an assistant. Children can attend either full days or half days. The Toddler program carries a 6:1 ratio. The toddler program at TMS provides an environment for the child to gain independence, self respect and respect for others, language skills, potty learning skills and an opportunity to fine tune all of their senses. The children in the Toddler Program participate in nature walks, arts, movement, baking, cooking, have interaction with their animals and if old enough, can participate in the aftercare activities. The toddler guides provide a calm, peaceful environment with tender care and love for all of the children in order to provide the best learning environment during this sensitive period of development.
Toddler Daily Schedule
- 7:30 to 8:00– Early Childcare
- 8:00– 8:30– The children arrive at their classroom, remove their shoes, say goodbye to their parents, enter the classroom and greet their teacher and friends.
- 8:00-10:30—The work period includes social skills, bathroom skills, language development, care of self and care for the environment.
- 10:30-11:45– Group presentations, snack, nature walks and outside play.
- 11:45 to 12:15—Hygiene skills and lunch. Half day students meet their parents at the door, full day students prepare for nap.
- 12:30-3:00— Children take naps while listening to classical music.
- 3:00– 6:00— Children continue developing their skills in the aftercare program.