The toddler communities at Lawrence Montessori School cater to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of each child. Our toddler program consists of younger and older toddlers’ communities. The younger toddler’s community welcomes children one year and walking to approximately eighteen months. Our older toddler’s community welcomes children eighteen months to approximately three years of age.
Our experienced teachers create unique learning environments in tune with the Montessori philosophy. They plan and prepare each classroom to ensure that the children get individualized attention according to their developmental readiness.
The primary focus of our toddler curriculum is independence, motor and language development, care of self and environment, and mastery in toilet learning. Toddlers have a natural desire to explore and adapt to the environment by imitation. They develop independence and self-control with purposeful movement using beautiful materials which readily lend themselves activity. They love to work with water and at LMS we provide many opportunities for them to explore activities with water which imitate their home environment. One and two year olds have a clear idea of what they want to do in accordance with their developing will. Allowing them the freedom to thrive within classroom guidelines promotes their independence along with social and emotional regulation skills.
Our attached outdoor playscapes provide toddlers with plenty of time to spend outdoors. Our playscapes are an extension of our classrooms offering children many opportunities to develop their motor skills such as running, throwing, catching, climbing etc. and of course gardening!
Toddlers love to eat and what can be more fun that eating your own creation! Our toddlers enjoy participating in a variety of cooking and baking activities from making applesauce to baking bread which also exposes them to enjoying a variety of healthy foods which they help to make!
“Whoever touches the life of a child touches the most sensitive part of a whole which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.” Dr. Montessori
Our younger toddler communities cater to the physical, cognitive, and social needs of children one year old and walking to about eighteen months of age. Young toddlers are enjoying the freedom to safely explore the materials and learn through discovery in a calm environment. Most activities are explored independently; however, during the group times of the day, we focus of songs and stories, finger plays and sign language – an important component of our younger toddler community. Simple sign language words and phrases are used for communication throughout the day as their spoken language is just emerging. Books arranged on low shelves, soft cushioned gross motor activity area and areas with a variety of materials for developing toddler skills make the classroom a comfy and clean living space.
Our older toddler’s communities are prepared with activities which foster independence, promote fine and gross motor skills, spoken language, and teach care of self and environment along with toilet learning. Our spacious and airy classrooms also provide ample opportunities for their fast developing gross motor skills. Our teachers encourage language development by singing songs, reading books and immersing the children in a language rich environment. Grace and courtesy lessons are taught daily via routine classroom interactions. Toddlers love order and thrive in the security their environment provides. Our dedicated teachers strive each day to ensure that the classroom routine is maintained and that the children are provided a true Montessori experience.
A significant focus of our older toddlers’community is toilet learning. Toilet learning is an important developmental milestone a crucial part of learning self-care and is also closely linked to the development of self-esteem. We follow the child’s sensitive period for toilet learning and offer verbal praise and encouragement as s/he works towards mastery. At LMS, we have carefully created the toilet learning process in accordance with Montessori principles to ensure success of each child. Our teachers closely communicate with parents during this significant time of maturation and urge parents to implement the techniques we use at school to make this an easy process for the child.
Our multi-aged environments allow children with different abilities to work cooperatively. The older children are the role models for the classroom as the younger children look up them and enjoy observing them working with the various advanced materials and activities. This passive learning is a daily occurrence in all Montessori environments. It is very impressive to see older toddlers diligently concentrating on an activity and a younger classmate standing close by observing. On some occasions, when the older child has completed an activity, s/he may offer it to the younger child to work with. Such impressive and kind acts are a daily occurrence in classrooms at LMS.
Our inviting classrooms are uniquely designed for older and younger toddlers who prefer order and structure in their environment and routine. They have an innate need for independence and our carefully selected materials encourage choice which in turn develops their will, self-esteem, and self-confidence. In addition to our high quality full day Montessori toddler curriculum, we also offer a variety of interesting and fun extracurricular experiences to the children at our school.
“Help me to do it by myself.” Dr. Montessori
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