The Toddler Experience
IMA has two Toddler environments, the Butterfly and Sunflower classrooms, that share a dedicated Toddler playground.
Children in our toddler programs flourish in a prepared environment that respects, supports, and responds to their basic needs for independence, exploration, and the building of trust and confidence. Our caregiving teams are made up of an AMI trained lead Guide, a Spanish Speaking morning assistant, and an afternoon assistant and our student-teacher ratio is typically 5:1. The curriculum is based on the five areas: Sensory and Perceptual development, Motor development, Self-Help Skills, Language development, and Social/Emotional development.
The Montessori method focuses on helping the child gain functional independence skills and children learn to care for their bodies and their environment; toilet learning is a large part of the toddler curriculum. Our toddler communities also prepare foods for snack every day (which usually involves baking) as well as cooking a group lunch on Fridays. Construction of vocabulary is a part of every aspect of the classroom, from snack time to working with materials to group activities. Physical activity is an encouraged, important part of the toddler’s educational experience and the children have an extended playtime running, jumping, sliding, and digging on our wooded playground.
Our toddler class schedules are:
5-day (Extended): Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 6:00pm
5-day (All Day): Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3pm
Click on a classroom below to learn more about our experienced and AMI-trained staff that are ready to guide your child in a specially prepared and beautiful environment