The safe and nurturing Toddler environment at Fraser Woods Montessori School is specifically designed for children starting at 15 months until they are ready to transition into the Lower School environment, usually around 3 years old.
Toddlers are highly sensorial and learn about their world through self-directed hands-on materials scaled perfectly for their size. Capable of intense periods of concentration, Toddlers absorb knowledge from everything they see and do. The safe, gentle community environment builds trust and instills a love of learning. To an adult their “work” might look like play, but to the child it is an extraordinary learning period requiring all of their concentration.
The blossoming development of language, math, cultural studies, social awareness and fine/gross motor skills are met with internal pride at each accomplishment. Teachers and assistants support Toddlers as they become more confident in all aspects of self-care, including independence in the bathroom, laying the foundation for self-awareness and independence. Playing outdoors is also part of their daily activities.
Skills of daily living
- Care of self: eating properly, washing hands and face, dressing
- Care of the environment: pouring, spooning, carrying a tray, skills that develop fine and gross motor skills
- Grace and courtesy: greeting a friend at arrival, talking softly on circle and work time, joining a friend for snack, proper use of “excuse me," “please” and “thank you”
Exploration of the world through the senses
- Visual: size, shapes and colors
- Auditory: rhythm through clapping, singing and instruments
- Tactile: stereognostic – determining the shape and weight of objects by touching or lifting them – using the mystery bag
- Olfactory: identifying smells
- Gustatory: sweet and sour by tasting foods
The spoken word
- Oral language development: vocabulary and its use informally in sentences, conversation and stories
- Written language: pre-writing and hand preparation (Practical Life and Sensorial)
- Linear counting
- Rote counting
- Number to quantity
- Movement-perceptual motor development