For children ages 16 months to 3 years old (age varies according to location)
Children ages 16 months to 3 years old make astonishing achievements in terms of communication, independence, physical movement, problem-solving ability, and social interactions. The Toddler program helps young children maximize the gains they make during this crucial time.
Refinement of movement and problem solving
In the Toddler classroom, children have access to increasingly-sophisticated Montessori activities. These activities support the toddler in learning to solve problems and make choices, as well as giving them plenty of opportunities to practice a variety of physical movements.
Making friends and setting boundaries
Because children move freely in the Toddler environment, they have lots of opportunities to socialize with their classmates. Staff treat children the way they'd like to be treated themselves, and give lessons on social norms like how to politely decline an offer and how to greet someone they haven't met before. This helps develop a kind, harmonious atmosphere.
Going to the toilet independently
One of the most important ways a toddler learns to be independent is using the toilet on his own. Our staff know the signs that a child is ready, and how to motivate them to learn. This is also where the mixed-age classroom comes into play, because the older children set an example and inspire the younger children to try — which is much more motivating than anything an adult can say or do.
Guidepost Montessori supports language development by deliberately and methodically exposing your toddler to the specific language that they need on a daily basis. Your child will also hear rich, precise vocabulary and grammar through carefully songs, read-aloud books and stories, so that they can master communication.
Building a sense of community
The Toddler community offers your child real tools and opportunities through Montessori activities. They allow a child to perform real-world, purposeful tasks that they can choose and complete independently. Your child will become an important contributor to their community, and practice tasks over and over to achieve mastery, which builds confidence and self-esteem.
Teachers keep parents and caregivers involved
Teachers and families form really close bonds at Guidepost Montessori. Your child's teacher will reach out to you to keep you informed of your child's development and invite you to participate in class from time to time. You will also receive daily reports about your child’s eating, sleeping, toileting routines, and the learning activities they engage in.