All-Year Toddler (Ages 15 to 35 months)
At this age (between one and a half and two and a half years) children have a need to develop independence." - Maria Montessori
The DCFS-licensed Toddler class, at our Roosevelt Campus, is a continuation of the Infant class. The children continue to work on the pursuit of independence, language development, and toileting. The beauty and order of the classroom and its materials entice them to touch and explore. Activities continue to focus on the child’s developing motor, language, and social skills. Academics also enter the program at this time. The teacher guides and reassures them in their work.
The program helps to prepare the child not just for school, but also for life. Children do not need to be toilet-trained to participate, as toilet-training is an integral part of our Toddler program.
The class is composed of three elements: the prepared environment, observation, and non-directive guidance. Classes focus on practical life exercises, sensory exploration, and vocabulary enrichment to help children acquire a sense of order. The Toddler classroom allows children to move easily from large muscle movement areas to fine motor exercises, including pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, zipping, and table setting. A child's inclination for independence is respected by giving them skills to accomplish tasks independently.
This provides opportunities for freedom and exploration in a safe and loving atmosphere. The children learn to take care of themselves and their surroundings, and develop skills to communicate with one another. Lessons of Grace and Courtesy help the children develop respect for themselves, for others, and for the (class) environment.
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