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(ages two to three)
The Toddler Village was thoughtfully designed with the Toddler in mind. The Village includes three Toddler classrooms, each outfitted with a Toddler-sized, as well as an Adult-sized door, nap room, kitchen and work spaces for optimal collaboration of teaching teams, full length windows that allow young children an eye-level view of the outside world, larger playgrounds, garden area, and dedicated outdoor work space for each classroom.
The MSD Toddler curriculum is constructed to meet the Toddler’s growing emotional and cognitive abilities during this formative period for the development of personality, trust, independence, focus, and problem solving. Teachers provide warmth, patience, and the encouragement necessary for each child to reach their personal best.
- Children are free to explore and find works that spark their interest in a safe and carefully prepared indoor and outdoor environment.
- Montessori materials emphasize exploration and experimentation and help to develop the child’s ability to concentrate and focus.
- Toddlers are taught practical life skills such as how to pour their own juice, serve themselves a snack, put on their coat, blow their nose, and clean-up a spill (not to mention toilet-training)!
The materials in our Toddler classroom help develop and refine sensory perceptions, gross and fine motor abilities, and language skills. Making and identifying patterns, learning to count, watching the weather, and discovering what animals and plants need to grow are also part of the Toddler’s day.
The classroom has plenty of room for social interactions, which reinforce the grace and courtesy lessons and provide opportunities to learn about sharing, taking turns, being patient and being a good friend. Activities are designed to develop coordination and independence as well as to encourage positive group interaction and increased self-esteem.
Outside, Toddlers have room to play and discover just steps from the classroom doors. The Toddler Program is a nurturing and secure environment where young children can do what they do best - explore everything!
Toddler Program hours are 8:30 to11:30 am or all day from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm five days per week. Toddlers who turn two by Sep. 1 are eligible.