Ages 12 months – 3 years

Sessions are typically 8 weeks in length and held on Monday’s from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Winter 2021-2022 Session: Due to the pandemic, we are unable to hold this class.

Led by a certified Montessori teacher, this parent/child class offers a warm, nurturing, and stimulating environment that will allow opportunities for exploration, movement, and social interactions. Through observations, discussions, and other resources, parents will have the opportunity to watch their child thrive as they themselves grow as nurturing caregivers.

The FWM Parent Child Class is designed to provide parents insight into the Montessori philosophy at the toddler level. All enrolled students must be independently walking in order to attend this program. This class is not limited to a parent attending. We welcome a grandparent or caregiver in place of a parent.

For additional questions, please contact our Director of Admissions, Paromita Dutt-Kunzweiler, at (203) 426-3390 ext.305.

Ages 15 months – 3 years

3, 4 or 5 day programs available 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 or 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Before and After School care is available.

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 Primary 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 children, 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.


Practical Life

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)


The concrete
  • Linear counting
  • Rote counting
  • Number to quantity


  • Music