18 months to 3 years old
Half Day (M, W, F) 8:30-11:30AM
Half Day (Tu, TH, F) 8:30-11:30AM
Half Day (M - TH) 8:30 – 11:30AM
Full Day (M, W, F) 8:30-3:45PM
Full Day (Tu, TH, F) 8:30-3:45PM
Full Day (M-F) 8:30-3:45PM
Full Day (M-TH) 8:30-3:45PM
Every detail of this classroom has been specifically designed for this age group. From the height of the doorknobs & size of the tables and chairs to the structure of a child’s day, our program empowers a sense of self-worth for optimum development. A child’s natural path to knowledge follows the whims of curiosity and wonder, encouraging learning through play and discovery. Our dedicated, nurturing and trained teachers have designed a curriculum that nourishes cognitive development, speech and language development, strengthens fine and gross motor skills, and encourages independence. With a focus on language development, coordination, concentration and respect towards one another, this program successfully prepares our toddlers for a successful transition into the early childhood/kindergarten classroom.
Little Miners has recently partnered our Toddler Program with Stretch-n-Grow of Utah! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, our toddlers enjoy a 30-minute session of exercising with this fun company. Here is an excerpt from their website about Stretch-n-Grow:
“Stretch-n-Grow is the world’s largest network of children fitness professionals who, each week,
teach over one hundred thousand children in hundreds of cities across 15 countries to “Exercise and Eat What’s Wise!”
Stretch-n-Grow offers EXERciting programs for kids starting as young as 18 months up to twelve years old. Each Stretch-n-Grow coach is a certified youth fitness specialist and has only one passion – to show our Stars an EXERciting time!”
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These are the first exercises introduced to the children. They create the foundation upon which all other work in the classroom depends. Practical Life exercises include care of self and the environment, as well as the development of large and fine motor control. These practical experiences in everyday activities are the cornerstone of the Montessori Method.
The focus of the Practical Life area is to develop coordination, independence, a sense of order, and above all, concentration.
- Control of movement
- Walking purposefully
- Making silence
- Bouncing and catching ball
- Riding tricycles
- Digging, raking, watering
Respect and Care of Environment
- Wet and dry pouring
- Rolling a mat and pushing in chair
- Spooning, tweezing, scooping, squeezing
- Opening and closing using various containers
- Cutting, peeling, grating, serving various types of foods
- Sweeping the floor
- Cleaning & polishing
- Washing a window
- Washing dishes
- Caring for animals and plants
- Cleaning up classroom/playground
Care for Self
- Respect for self
- Personal care
- Hand washing
- Dressing frames
- Hanging up coat
- Putting on shoes
- Using the toilet
Lessons in Grace and Courtesy
- Greeting someone
- “Please” and “Thank you”
- Waiting for turns
- Walking around the rug
- Helping others, sharing, caring for others
- Quiet voices and listening
Sensorial activities assist Toddlers in the great task of organizing, integrating and learning about their sensory input. The sensorial materials are designed to simplify learning and awareness of the environment by isolating difficulty; isolating the senses; encouraging mastery through repetition; possessing self-correction within the material; and presenting an attractive appearance to the child.
The goals of the Sensorial area are to strengthen and refine each of the child’s senses and pincer grasp, develop the organization and patterning skills inherent in math and language concepts that build upon the sensory awareness stimulated by these materials.
Learning qualities of size, shape, color and dimension through these materials:
- Pink Cubes
- Nesting Barrels
- Brown Prisms
- Color Tablets box 1 and 2
- Knobbed Cylinders
- Knobbless Cylinders
- Tactile Boards
- Fabric Box
- Baric Prisms
- Sensory Bins
- Distinguishing sounds that vary in pitch and volume through these materials:
- Sound Cylinders
- Musical Instruments
- Identifying basic tastes and learning the related language (salty, sweet, sour, bitter).
- Smelling Cylinders (this needs to be indented with round circle)
- Sorting and grading various Sensorial materials solely by touch through exploring these materials:
- Geometric solids
- Mystery Box
Around the age of two, children’s speech development experiences an explosion of words, soon followed by sentences. The Language materials in the Toddler classroom encourage the refinement and enrichment of language as the first steps on the road to writing and finally reading. Early Language materials and oral exercises like storytelling and reading aloud support the toddler’s need to be immersed in language. Activities include books, puzzles, naming objects like fruits, vegetables and animals, and beginning sound games.
Pre-Reading and Vocabulary Enrichment
- Matching cards
- Vocabulary cards
- Stories read aloud
- Size and shape discrimination exercises
- Picture-word cards
Indirect Preparation for Reading and Writing
- Tracing objects
- Tracing shapes
- The Sandpaper Letters encourage assimilation of the form of letters into muscular memory through repeated tracing.
- Practical life and Sensorial Exercises encourage repeated use of the pincer grasp.
Direct Preparation for Reading and Writing
- The Sandpaper Letters are used to teach the formation and recognition of the letters of the alphabet. Montessori Method teaches the sound followed by the name of the letter.
- The Sandpaper Letters isolate the initial sound.
- Beginning sounds are introduced through games and exercises to encourage sound isolation.
- Object Boxes provide an opportunity for children to explore and learn how to write and spell many different of words.
- Countless opportunities are available for children to discover language through storytelling, songs, puzzles, matching, books and sorting exercises.
- Letter tracing in sand.
To help prepare the mathematical mind, Toddlers are exposed to the world of numbers through counting games and concrete materials. These exercises encourage the development of important pre-math skills such as order, sequence, visual discrimination, sorting, one-to-one correspondence and directionality. Toddler Math activities include stacking and nesting cubes, number blocks and puzzles, sorting and counting materials.
Numbers 1-4 & 1-10
- One to one correspondence (Knobbed Cylinders)
- Quantity 1-4 & 1-10
- Counting songs and books
- Counting fingers, animals, children, objects in the environment
- Spindle Boxes
- Sandpaper Numerals
- Number tracing in sand
- Cards and Counters
- Association of written symbol with quantity
Shapes and names of geometric figures
- Circle, square, triangle
- Geometric solids: cube, sphere, pyramid
Concept of Time
- Daily routine
- Periods of the day (morning, afternoon, evening)
The Cultural area of the Toddler Montessori classroom opens up a world of discovery into the many plants, animals and people around the planet. These lessons extend into the Practical Life, Sensorial, Math, and Language areas of the classroom and allow for further exploration with interesting and unique activities. The Toddler Cultural curriculum includes simple lessons in world music and art, geography, history, ecology, geology, botany, zoology, and the physical sciences.
The goals of Cultural area include exposing the child to a wide variety of subjects through “key experiences”; stimulating the child’s natural curiosity; providing a sensorial experience for key concepts; providing language and vocabulary for these subjects; and leading the child to an awareness of the interrelatedness and uniqueness of people, plants, and animals.
The Montessori classroom encourages exploration and curiosity to define a sense of self and the spirit of the people of the world.
- Presentation of the globe
- Our 7 continents
- World puzzle map
- Songs and stories from around the world
- Offer extensions according to the child’s interest such as the names of countries, flags, capitals, etc.
- Arrange experiences that expose the child to various world cultures through songs, food, books, clothing and artifacts.
- Care and respect for plants
- Parts of plants
- Parts, types and shapes of leaves
- Types and parts of fruits, vegetables, and seeds
- Plants around the world and in different biomes
- Care of and respect for all animals
- Classification of animals
- Parts of animals
- Animal habitats, diets, and life cycles
- Sink verses float
- Magnetic vs. non-magnetic
- Nutrition and food groups
- Solid, liquid, gas
- Chemical reactions
- Oil and Water
- Nature Walks
- Plant care
- Animal care
- Living & non-living
- Life cycles
- Land, Air & Water
- Types of rocks
- Seasons & weather
- The Moon, Sun and Stars
- Water Cycle
Art & Music
Music & Movement
- Listening to music
- Stretch & Grow Program
- Daily Nature Walks
- Paint, collage, play dough, stamping, color mixing
- Emphasize the process and not the product; encourage individuality