Dr. Montessori identified three essential traits about toddlers that would shape her educational curriculum for this age:
- A sensitivity to order
- A significantly increased capacity to absorb language
- An eagerness to become independent
Our toddler program is designed with these traits in mind. Our teachers introduce good habits, encourage the use of words to express needs, and warmly guide children to do things for themselves throughout the course of the day.
A Montessori toddler program, compared to traditional childcare, has many benefits. Here are just a few examples that parents often share:
- A positive, accelerated potty training experience. Children as young as 18 months are often ready to learn how to use the toilet, what we in Montessori call “toilet learning.” All children in our toddler program learn to be diaper free.
- The ability to play independently and become increasingly self-sufficient. You will often hear your toddler say at home, “I can do it myself!”
- A dramatic surge in vocabulary. By being able to better express their needs, toddlers gain increased control of their emotions, leading to fewer tantrums and a more joyful relationship between parent and child.
Just nine children between the ages of 15 months and 3 years, spend their days together in the toddler classroom. For some children this program is a one year experience, but for children who begin between 15 – 19 months, another term or year in the toddler room is necessary before moving to our primary program.