Our toddler community provides an environment which is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age group. Our classroom accommodates children 18 to 30 months old with one teacher for every seven students.
In this setting the children come to feel the classroom is their own peaceful, special space where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their environment. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence, and the Montessori toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children.
Taught by a Montessori toddler teacher, the program for the youngest group at our school acknowledges that a child's mind is most absorbent during the first three years of life.
Because of what Dr. Maria Montessori termed "the absorbent mind", children develop many language and motor skills without formal instruction, as long as their environment is rich with learning opportunities.
The primary goal of our toddler program is to create a nurturing and secure environment where young children can do what they do best - explore everything! The main focus is language and motor development, assisting the child in developing self-help skills (including toilet-training), and helping children build trust in relationships.
The entire toddler environment is designed to allow the children to explore and to develop concentration and coordination. The teachers observe the children each day and monitor their development and readiness. Social interaction, language skills, independence, food preparation, outdoor play, music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience.
The hours of the full day Monroe Montessori toddler class are from 8:30-3:30 Monday through Friday. Half day options (8:30-11:30), 4 day week and extended care are available by request. (See Summer School page for Toddler Class options that begin in June.)
Our toddler campus is located at 15106 179th Ave, SE in Monroe, WA. and is considered our "West Campus". The West Campus houses our littlest learners beginning at 18months old until 3 years old, and is the perfect transition from home to school.