A program for Toddlers
The toddler Montessori materials are specifically structured to meet the developmental needs of toddlers and to support their need for purposeful activity. The toddler will focus on language development and acquiring skills to become independent learners. They will focus on the following areas:
In this right-sized environment, the Montessori practical life exercises allow a child to perform real-world, purposeful tasks that your child can choose and complete independently. During the morning hours, our toddlers participate in the Montessori work cycle. Children freely choose to work with Montessori activities in one of the many curriculum areas. New children are guided through the activities and lessons by the Montessori-trained educators.
After the Montessori work cycle is outdoor or indoor play time! Our prepared environments are designed to invite interest and activity. This is a great time for the toddlers to socialize with other children and exercise their gross motor skills.
In the afternoons, children benefit from additional curriculum opportunities such as the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Through these approaches, children expand and construct their knowledge through various, creative explorations. When learning is the product of the child’s guided construction rather than simply the teacher’s transmission, learning becomes individualized. Most importantly, teaching becomes a two-way relationship in which the teacher’s understanding of the child is just as important as the child’s understanding of the teacher.
At ExcellED Montessori Plus, we envision the child as someone actively seeking knowledge. This is a perspective that turns structured curriculum, with predetermined outcomes, on its head. A standardized curriculum often eliminates all possibility of a spontaneous inquiry, stealing potential moments of learning from students in a cookie-cutter approach to education. Each child we teach is unique. To teach well, educators must ensure that creativity and innovation are always present. This type of educational environment, our environment, pursues wonder and finds joy at every turn.