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Toddler Program (Ages 2 - 3)

At their age, children are working to create themselves, but they still need some help. Toddlers want to learn and grow to the limit of their abilities. One of the ways they do this is to imitate those around them. To help, we carefully prepare the physical and social environment, for this is the way cultures, moral beliefs and the rest of human personality is passed on.

We will have " practical life " activities for the toddler. Allowing children to participate in the life he sees going on around him is an act of great respect for, and showing of confidence in the child. The child feels important and realizes that he is important to those around him. He is needed."Practical life" activities are divided into three groups:

  1. care of the person; such as dressing or buttoning
  2. care of the environment; for instance putting things back or opening doors
  3. grace and courtesy; for example moving gracefully and saying "please" and "thank you".

As the child explores the environment, he becomes aware of it and is interested in the variety of colors and shapes. At this time we offer him very simple puzzles with knobs or with interesting grips. The use of knobbed puzzles and other toys with a special grip will prepare the child for writing and other fine muscle activities, while it satisfies his/her need to think and solve problems. It is specifically the use of the thumb and index finger that has made it possible to execute the extremely refined movements that have produced the whole of human cultures from architecture to writing, from music to painting and all the technology that enriches our lives. We recognize the importance of the child's work, and so we make it a priority to protect it from interruption. We also observe the amazing powers of concentration that exist in the youngest of children.

A child who loves himself and feels safe in the world, has experienced the joy of making a contribution to his group and society, who has fallen in love with work, learning and loving is fully prepared for life.

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"If teaching is to be effective with young children, it must assist them to advance on the way to independence."
-Maria Montessori (The Discovery of the Child)
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