Joining the MASB Toddler Program, your child enters an environment planned and prepared especially for his or her age group. The Montessori Academy Scott Blvd. Toddler Program provides a small group Montessori experience to children aged 16 months to three years of age. Social interaction with other children, development of language skills, care of oneself and the environment, food preparation, music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience. The classroom is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs
of this age. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence and the toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children.
The MASB Toddler Program aims to have young children develop coordination, body image and awareness, a sense of order and concentration. Through careful observation of the children, teachers are able to connect each child to whatever aspect of the environment will enhance his physical, psychological and social development. Teachers are always looking out for the “sensitive periods” when a child demonstrates a strong interest in a particular activity that is essential to his or her growth.
Materials are designed so even the youngest child experiences success in his or her work and yet the older or more advanced child will find stimulating work as well. Activities are attractively displayed on shelves that stimulate and nourish the small child’s sensorial need to smell, touch, hear, see and taste. Activities fall into the following categories:
Practical Life activities aid in the development of the child’s independence and mastery of the environment. Each activity helps the child perfect coordination necessary for work at a later stage with the more academic materials. The materials aid in increasing the child’s concentration and order.
The sensorial apparatus helps the child become aware of details. Each material isolates one quality such as color, shape, sound, and size. The materials begin with gross differences and work toward finer differences.
Math and Language
Math and Language areas are simple, basic and usually approached on a sensorial level. Numbers and letters are introduced using sandpaper cards. Language is given whenever possible using the various materials in the classroom.
Movement is essential for young children. They learn through active involvement in their environment. Movement helps children learn body control. It is divided into balance, body awareness, locomotion, non-locomotion and tracking.
“Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his mind comes through his movements.” – Dr. Maria Montessori