Toddler Program/2-3 Year Old Daily Schedule
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Arrival and Greeting
8:45 AM – 10:45 AM
Montessori Work Period Time Snack offered throughout the work period time
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Morning Recess Time
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Montessori Work Period Time Snack offered throughout the work period time
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Extra Curriculum/Afternoon Recess Time/Dismissal Time The Montessori classes end at 4:00 PM.
The uninterrupted two-hour work period in a Montessori Toddler Classroom is designed to achieve several desired outcomes:
Deeper Concentration: The extended work period allows toddlers to immerse themselves in their chosen activities, fostering the development of deeper concentration and focus. This concentration is a foundational skill that supports learning and cognitive development.
Satisfaction with Completion: During this time, toddlers have the opportunity to see their tasks through to completion. This sense of accomplishment contributes to their self-esteem and motivation to engage in learning experiences.
Desire to Learn through Materials: Montessori materials are carefully designed to be self-correcting and engaging. The two-hour work period encourages toddlers to explore these materials at their own pace, igniting their curiosity and intrinsic motivation to learn through hands-on experiences.
Excitement and Focus: With uninterrupted time, toddlers can fully engage with their chosen activities, leading to a sense of excitement and enthusiasm for the work. This enthusiasm often translates into a heightened focus and interest in the tasks at hand.
Daily Toilet Training Schedule
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM
11:30 PM – 11:45 PM
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Optional Extra Curriculum
Soccer Class – Weekly Class For Ages 2-6 (Optional with Extra fee)
Sing Along Music Class – Biweekly Class For Ages 2-6 (No additional fee)
From birth, an infant is surrounded by and aware of sensory stimuli. In fact, four of the five senses are fully developed while the child is in utero. The infant refines his senses through use of them, and it is through the senses that the child learns unconsciously through the work of his absorbent mind. The senses thus become the means of information transfer between the outside world and the child’s mind.
At first, the child takes in sensory impressions as a whole, without organization or differentiation in importance. However, as the child grows, he becomes more conscious of the impressions that surround him and is more readily able to organize and classify these sensory stimuli. The child’s tendency to sort and classify his impressions allows for the formation of a framework for his further intellectual development and later abstract thought. Because sensorial refinement is integral to the child’s intelligence, we offer sensorial material within the prepared environment in an effort to help the child refine his senses further.
There are three main purposes for the inclusion of sensorial materials in the Montessori environment. First, the materials help the child in the work of refining his senses. As the child gains more sensory impressions and is able to refine his sense organs to interpret those impressions, his interaction with the world becomes much richer. Secondly, the sensorial materials aid the child in classifying sensory impressions. The sensorial materials are designed to help refine the child’s ability to classify, beginning with broad classifications and continuing to more subtle. Thirdly, the sensorial materials lead the child toward abstract thought. It is necessary for an individual to have concrete experiences with objects in his environment in order to be able to abstract about those same objects.
Montessori stressed that movement in human beings, and only in human beings, is a creative process directed by inner tendencies. As our consciousness increases, we can decide which movements we desire to perfect. Movement and intelligence are indelibly linked. Montessori called intelligence our means for movement, yet our intelligence is formed by our movements. Therefore, movement and intelligence form a cyclical process that allows both to function in our lives.
All of the activities and materials in the Montessori prepared environment require movements directed by the mind. Children are not passive observers of the material but must use movement to interact with it and learn from it. Many of the practical life exercises are designed to help a child perfect his coordination in both large and small movements. It is through practicing with the materials that children gain coordination and equilibrium, which Montessori calls “the key to perfection of movement.” Through continued use of the materials, the child will come to integrate the mind and body, leading to balanced movement and coordination.
In the Toddler Community, children are given many opportunities to perfect large motor skills, such as walking, going up and down stairs, and jumping, and to perfect small motor skills, such as those requiring small movements of the hand and fingers. This work is very important to children at this age, not only because they are still perfecting their balance and coordination in walking, but also because their bodies are still growing at an exponential rate, and such balance and coordination are daily struggles as a result.
Practical life exercises are the actions people take in order to create or maintain the environments in which they live and work and comprise such activities as cleaning, decorating, gardening, cooking, and taking care of the body. While many adults find practical life activities to be tedious, children find them to be greatly interesting and will spend much time perfecting their skills in this area. These exercises fulfill the need of children to participate in the active life of their environment, both at home and at school.
Rather than having as their direct aim the perfect accomplishment of a household task, the exercises of practical life are primarily concerned with fostering coordination and control of movement, concentration, and independence. As children repeat the activities, their concentration and coordination increase, and they become more independent in their ability and desire to do things themselves.
Practical life exercises indirectly promote the gaining of practical skills, an adaptation to the community’s culture, and a responsibility toward the child’s environment.
It is during the toddler years that children come to speak their first words, phrases, and sentences. Some children begin our program already able to speak, while others are still in the pre-verbal stages. Therefore, the language materials and exercises of the Toddler Community take a high priority in the classroom environment.
The Toddler Teacher is much more vocal than the Primary Teacher. Throughout the day, you will hear the Toddler Directress as she converses with children, sings songs with them, asks them questions, reads books, and converses with her Assistant, using natural, not “dumbed-down,” language or baby talk. As the children hear new words and new phrases used in context, they learn vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and syntax, all through the work of their absorbent minds. Conversation is augmented through the use of special language materials, including language objects, classified cards, and books. Songs and poetry are also part of the language curriculum.
Social and Emotional Development
One of the characteristics of the Montessori prepared environment is that it encourages the development of both the child’s intellectual capabilities and his social character. Through interaction with the environment, including the people that inhabit it, the child becomes normalized, able to find solutions to his problems single-handedly and within a group, independent in his abilities and work, respectful of those around him, interested in all aspects of the world that surrounds him, and imbued with a strong sense of community spirit. As much as we strive to help the child achieve physical and intellectual independence and growth, we are also as much, if not more, concerned about the child’s social development, as it is this development that lays the groundwork for the child’s future dealings in the greater society.
In the Toddler Community, social development takes a high priority, as this is sometimes the first experience children have with others of their own age and abilities. Learning how to interact with others in respectful ways comprises much of the unstructured work of the environment. Grace and courtesy lessons, in which the Teacher play-acts various situations and shows proper responses, are given to individuals or small groups during neutral times. Expectations of respectful behavior toward others extend beyond the classroom environment to include others in our school community, our families, our visitors, and our church neighbors. Each child and member of our staff has the responsibility to encourage respectful behavior in others and to end instances of disrespectful behavior.