Our Toddler Curriculum
In the Montessori classroom, Practical Life serves as building block for future developments in all areas of work. For Toddler children the practical life material offer an opportunity to begin developing their fine & gross motor skills, attention span & various abilities through working with materials such as pouring, spooning, sponging, locks and key etc.
We all learn through our senses, and this is especially true of very young children who are at the beginning of taking in and understanding the world around them. Sensorial activities assist Toddlers in the great task of organizing, integrating and learning about their sensory input.
Sensorial materials include:
- Knobbed Cylinders for practice with dimension
- Colour Tablets
- Tactile exercises like Rough and Smooth
- Musical Equipment
- Sorting and Shapes
Language activities are developing at a rapid rate during the toddler years. During the formative years these 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.
- Naming objects like fruits, vegetables and animals
- Beginning sound games
- Finger plays
- Spontaneous conversation time to encourage both social and language skills.
The Toddler uses hands-on materials for learning concrete math concepts. The Toddler begins to understand number concepts, both quantity and symbol, and the meaning of zero. The child also begins to understand language used in performing simple single-digit addition.
Toddler Math activities include:
- Stacking and nesting cubes
- Number blocks and puzzles
- Sorting and counting materials
- Songs/singing about counting
Culture & Science
In the cultural area the children are introduced to basic concepts about animals, botany and geography, through working with such materials as puzzles, leaf pressings and talking about animals from around the world. In the science area an introduction of basic concepts with such “experiments” as cutting an orange to find out where juice comes from or freezing water into ice-cubes. These types of simple concepts set the stage for further interest and more advanced exploration in the Casa and Elementary age groups.
The Toddler is able to use various materials to express creativity and to enhance fine motor skills. Language skills are further reinforced through the child’s description of the art and its personal meaning.
Music & Movement
Sometimes called the “universal language”,music adds a sensory dimension to life like nothing else. Children have an innate capacity to appreciate music of all types and an uninhibited inclination to move, dance and make music. Music is present in all cultures, often reflecting the character of people by the style, melodies, tones and instruments used. With music or without, provide children with plenty of opportunities to perfect their movements and refine coordination. Both music and movement can provide children with a way to express their own unique spirits.