Toddler

Bellevue Montessori School’s Toddler Community

 

The Montessori Toddler community offers children 18 to 36 months an environment that is prepared to allow for opportunities to explore, build independence, and make connections to the world using their extraordinary capacity for learning.  Dr. Montessori saw that during the child’s first years, they absorb learning at a rate unmatched by any other time in their lives. Toddlers possess sensitive periods for learning language, mastering movement, and building internal order. This time of  rapid development creates a period of growth in which the child’s needs change moment to moment. Other traits of toddlers include: living in the present, exploring their world using all of their senses, rapid language development, and learning through active play.  The Montessori Toddler classroom environment is set up to meet the unique needs of this specific age group.

A Montessori Toddler environment includes the physical space, learning materials, our trained staff and the children themselves.  Each of these elements creates the perfect environment for your child to safely explore and learn through their own efforts.

Our Park Campus sits on the northwest corner of Hidden Valley Park, offering our students a lush green, natural atmosphere.  Bright classrooms are filled with toddler sized furniture and materials that encourage exploration, independence and concentration.  At this age, the work of living is of great interest to toddlers. Learning how to dress oneself, use the bathroom, set the table for a meal, wash dishes and prepare food help the child to become independent, develop their large and fine motor skills and build self esteem through both successes and failures in a supportive community.

We believe that each child is unique and should be supported to reach their potential.   The toddler classes are led by nurturing, knowledgeable staff (Guides) who exhibit the skills and abilities to guide toddlers between the ages of 18-36 months.  Guides in the toddler program have Montessori training at the Infant/Toddler level and may also have an early childhood background with teaching experience.

Using their observational skills to determine each child’s individual needs, our Guides offer appropriate lessons, activities, and the necessary support to allow children to successfully work independently.  As children this age are building their language, our Guides offer a rich vocabulary, stories, poems and music to our students. Language lessons and materials allow children to gain new vocabulary. Our staff guide students through new social situations, helping them to recognize their feelings and to express them appropriately.  Most importantly, our Guides offer your child the love, individual attention and support that they need to be successful.

Toilet learning is a an important step towards self-control for these younger children.  We work in partnership with parents to minimize the struggles that result when toilet learning techniques are not consistent.  We start with introducing all the skills a child will need to use the toilet independently such as: undressing and dressing, washing hands, sitting on the toilet, cleaning themselves after urinating, and flushing the toilet.  All of these skills prepare the child for the moment they show interest in using the toilet. Children will then wear thick cloth underwear. A consistent routine with reminders to use the toilet help the child to be successful.  As toileting is a very personal time, our Guides are trained to explain what they are doing when assisting the child with clean-up and are matter of fact if a child soils their clothing. Children need encouragement in their successes and understanding without judgement during the learning process.

We are excited to offer half day, school day and full care options for toddlers in our community.  We also look forward to offering Parent & Child classes to those interested in having a once a week Montessori experience.

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