Independent Learners - 2.5 to 3 years
The South Coast Montessori Toddler Community is an environment that bridges the gap between the Infant and the Primary. This environment is for the young child who is ready to make a conscious effort toward independence and ready for more advanced work.
The Toddler Community is a child-centered, fun, and explorative environment for children able to work independently (around age 2) to approximately age 3. Our classroom focuses on:
Language development through spoken language and conversation, specific language materials, and a vast, rotating library.
Fine and gross motor development through eye-hand specific manipulatives and independent use of child sized furnishings.
Independence in self-care and care of environment, developing an interest in using the toilet.
Social development - through modeling and direct teaching of respectful social interactions.
Collaboration in daily food preparation.
Music, expressive movement, and art are a weekly part of the curriculum.
Advanced self care, including getting dressed, toilet training and personal hygiene are all emphasized in this environment.
Emphasis is given to both quality time spent concentrating on purposeful indoor activities as well as outdoor activities and free exploration in nature. Social interactions are consistently guided in a loving and sensitive approach based on respect for individual differences.
Teachers and assistants are trained to interact with children based on knowledge of the direct influence of positive relationships to brain/mind/personality development. Developing close relationships with families, and consistent daily communication is a priority.
8:15 - 8:30 Arrival and greetings
8:30 - 10:30 Indoor/Outdoor work period with Montessori materials, lessons, art, books, gardening, music and movement, food preparation, baking, morning circle, and community snack which includes setting the table, washing hands, sitting down for snack together, and clean up
10:30 - 10:45 Transition to outdoor exploration
10:45 - 11:30 Outdoor play time using the sandbox, grassy field, tricycles, and climbing structure and exploration walks
11:15 - 11:30 Departure time for half day children
11:30 - 11:45 Transition to lunch
11:45 - 12:15 Community lunch
12:15 - 2:20 Afternoon nap/rest time
2:20 - 2:45 Clean up and join together for end of the day circle
2:45 - 3:00 Departure time for school day children
3:00 - 5:30 After school care with indoor and outdoor activities and snack.