Toddler


Toddler Classroom Coming to Center Grove Montessori in 2021!

We are pleased to announce that in 2021 we will begin enrollment for our Willow classroom. Our program will serve children 18-months to 3-years of age.

The following is the proposed schedule for the Willow room. This schedule is subject to change.

The Willow room day will be 7:45 am until 4:00 pm, with the half-day ending at 11:45 am. Drop off for the Willow room will be 7:45 to 8 am, half-day pickup is 11:30 to 11:45 am, and full-day pickup is 3:45 to 4 pm.

Extended care will be offered beginning at 7:30 am and will end at 5:30 pm.

Maria Montessori knew that children at this age are experiencing more rapid brain growth than at any other time. We look forward to offering an authentic Montessori environment where your child will have the space to develop language, become a part of their own community, and learn to learn for life.

Our program will be an introduction to the Montessori environment and help to provide a smooth transition into our primary classroom.

Overview of the Primary Curriculum

In the toddler classroom, children are introduced to the Montessori program through a variety of hands-on activities in a prepared environment with an emphasis on language development and independence, including mastery of the toileting process. Classroom activities incorporate aspects of home life such as food preparation, cleaning and gardening.

Practical life activities – Children learn to take care of themselves and their environment through activities such as hand washing, sweeping, dusting, taking care of plants, and mopping. These activities help toddlers learn to work independently, develop concentration, and prepare for later work in reading and math. Practical life skills are of great interest to young children and form the basis of later abstract learning. Lessons of grace and courtesy are practiced daily to help toddlers learn how to be considerate of others.

Language — Stories, fingerplays, singing, reading, and spontaneous conversation encourage both social and language skills.  New vocabulary is emphasized at every opportunity and helps the toddler succeed in classifying, comparing, and discovering relationships with and between things in their environment.

Math — Toddlers engage in mathematical thinking by exploring with their senses and engaging in sequencing activities. Time is introduced through consistent everyday routines that highlight before, after, today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Math activities include stacking and nesting cubes, blocks, puzzles, and sorting and counting materials.

Motor skills — Toddlers in a constant state of motion.  Our toddler environment is designed to enable children to move freely. Toddlers are refining both fine motor skills and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills are heightened through practical life activities such as pouring, sorting, etc. Gross motor skills are heightened in physical activities like climbing, balancing, running, dancing, and outdoor play.

Art — Art in the toddler classroom is done for the experience of the process, not the product. This means that different types of art exploration are available in the classroom at all times and children may choose to use it when it looks inviting to them. Easel painting, watercolor, gluing, and using scissors are a few of the options. Toddlers are able to use various materials to express creativity and to enhance fine motor skills.

Music — The primary goal of our music program is to introduce young children to music, movement, and rhythmic musical instruments. From early exposure to our music program, music appreciation and rhythm senses develop naturally.

For very young children, all important learning takes place in the context of play. Play is an exploration in an attempt to develop a sense of mastery of the world. The goal of education in the Montessori toddler classroom is the development of skills necessary for a productive and fulfilling life of learning and kindness.

Center Grove Montessori is currently compiling a list of interested families for our inaugural toddler program. If you are interested, please contact the office at [email protected] or call us at 317-883-0335.

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