The Toddler program is comprised of children between 18 months and three years of age. The goal of this program is to provide the young child with a learning experience away from home and parents, to foster independence and a healthy self-image, and to develop a positive attitude toward learning. This is an introduction to the Montessori Method for both the parent and the child. Toddlers enjoy social interaction with children and adults, develop independence through self-help skills, experience music and art expression daily and work in the garden growing their own herbs and vegetables throughout the school year.
Early childhood education has come to accept today what Maria Montessori discovered so long ago: children under six have extraordinary, often untapped mental capacity. They possess a once-in-a-lifetime ability to absorb knowledge from their surroundings just by living. This “absorbent mind” is at its peak receptivity during the first six years of age, when the personality is established. The toddler program not only enhances children’s knowledge, independence, and trust in their own abilities, but it also establishes a foundation for the rest of their lives. In addition the children are introduced to both the English and Spanish languages.
The child-adult ratio for this program is 6 children per one adult. Toddler children will transition into the Primary program by their third birthday. The Toddler program lays the foundation for the Primary program.
Toddler Daily Schedule
8:30-8:45 – Drop-off
8:45-10:45 – Work cycle and Music (snack offered)
10:45-11:15 – Outdoor playground time
11:15-12:00 – Lunch
12:00-12:15 – Prepare for dismissal
12:15-12:30 – Half-day dismissal
12:30-2:30 – Nap
2:45 – Full-day dismissal
“Our daughter, Clare started with MISD after turning two and the transformation in her confidence and ability to focus was almost immediately noticeable. We have witnessed her growth in awe as she masters new skills and celebrates her achievements with a quiet confidence. She approaches the world with a focused curiosity that has been nurtured by her experience at MISD. She has grown in both her social and learning skills,which we attribute to the Montessori model of education and more specifically to the wonderful teachers and administrators. One of the most attractive attributes of MISD is the staff’s ability to approach each child as a unique individual. We have personally found the experience of MISD to be the most worthwhile of investments and look forward to enrolling our son in the near future.” – James and Jessica, MISD parents of two
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