Our Transitional Two’s Toddler Program is designed with only the 24-36-month-old child in mind. Songs, stories, more simplified Montessori materials and a gentle pace, foster the natural curiosity that toddlers possess. Through love, patience and understanding our toddler program creates a home away from home for your child. Using Maria Montessori’s philosophy to learning, Norbeck creates an academic environment in which your child will grow a love for learning.
The Toddler Classroom
From the small chairs in the reading nook, to the uncluttered-low shelving units, our toddlers truly love their school environment! Everything in our Transitional Two’s classrooms are tailored for little hands and bodies. Norbeck Montessori’s toddler program focuses on developing an independent, caring child who has a strong foundation in the Montessori way of teaching.
Our toddler rooms are well lit and fully-equipped with an area for group and individual activities. When visiting our toddler classroom, you may see the class in a small group with a teacher learning sounds, colors, numbers or shapes. Or you may see children sitting by themselves using tongs or tweezers to sort objects by color, working on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. All lessons and materials fill a specific need in the growth of your toddler. Not only do they encourage a life-long love of learning but they also enhance large and fine motor development and refining hand-eye coordination.
Toddlers will learn Practical Life lessons such as how to hang up their jacket and put away their belongings independently, how to greet their friends and teachers, and how to clean up after themselves. During lesson time you may find your child concentrating, as they carefully pour rice from one container on their left to another container on their right—the same order they will learn to read and write. Busy toddlers move freely and independently through the room, without needing to rely on an adult to help them. Movement activities are built into the day for their active bodies. Lifting, walking, carrying and sitting are all focused on, in connection with their “work.”
Snack time and circle time are terrific opportunities for your child to practice grace and courtesy. Sitting quietly listening to a story or helping their friend clean up when the have a spill. All of these skills, and more, are practiced daily as we prepare your child for the next stage of their Montessori journey – the Primary classroom.
Partners in Your Childs Growth
We believe that clear communication with parents is essential to the child’s well-being. It is particularly important during the toddler years when children reach and surpass many milestones in their development. Our Transitional Two’s Toddler Program teachers keep a daily log of your child’s basic activities. We share this information with you on a regular basis so that you are informed and feel confident that you know how your child is progressing. We understand how valuable regular communication at this age is which is why we take these extra steps to ensure you are informed.