Mini Montessori (Toddler Class) Enrollment
Our Mini Montessori Toddler classroom will accommodate up to 12 toddlers with 2 teachers in a warm, comfortable environment built upon the philosophy and methodology of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Program operates from September through May
Child must be 22 months old by September 1 to enroll
Independence in the bathroom is not required in the Mini Montessori Classroom
8:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. (Mondays and Fridays)
Montessori Toddler Programs have become more popular for parents wanting to support their pre-preschool aged child using Dr. Maria Montessori methods and traditions.
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Basis of Montessori -- As the child developmentally grows, the activities in the classroom grow and change to meet his/her needs. Furniture is designed to meet the needs of the child, not the needs of the adults in the room.
Our furniture and materials are mostly designed from wood to provide a natural and aesthetically pleasing environment. The materials on the shelf are designed such that the younger child will find success in their work and the oldest child in the group can also be stimulated in their work and excited about teaching the younger child about their own skills.
Montessori activities are designed within the following areas:
- Practical Life- learn how to pour, scoop, bead, transfer, carry a tray, roll a rug, sweep, care for self, fold, dress a baby doll, prepare a simple snack, etc.
- Language- listen to songs, books, sing, talk, learn simple words for items in the environment such as cylinder, faucet, etc
- Math- learn what a number represents (1 is for "one" bead, 2 is for "two" beads, etc.)
- Movement- indoors and outdoors, yoga, etc.
- Music- circle time activities that incorporate songs and finger play
- Sensorial- learn through the senses
- Outdoor Play- weather permitting, indoor play time on a daily basis
Large Motor Development
Encouraged through various activities in the classroom such as sweeping, cleaning, wiping; outdoor time, and use of the adjacent dance studio where children can skip, jump crawl, run, play with balls, and of course dance! When in the classroom we incorporate all of these activities of fun motor development
Fine Motor Development
Supported through pouring, grasping, coloring, drawing, cutting, painting, clipping, tearing and many other Montessori activities to assist in the coordination and strengthening of the small muscles in the hand.
Encouraged through large group activities such as story time, circle time, snack time, outdoor time, as well as food exploring and tasting activities. Social development is occurring at all times with the teachers and with the other children, of course!
With an emphasis on the importance of a peaceful environment -- these are the important "keystones" of the Montessori Toddler Program at Keystone Montessori.