The Young Children's Community. A Preparation for Life.
14 months (confident walkers) to 3 years
The first few years of a child’s life are critical to their personality and intellectual development. To attain the best mental and physical capabilities, the young child requires a nurturing environment with interesting and beautiful materials, exposure to rich language, as well as one that promotes their very real need to learn. Our Young Children's Community provides appropriate activities for even the earliest stages of a child’s life.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. ~Maria Montessori
The Toddler Experience
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 care giving teams are made up of an AMI trained lead Guide, a Spanish Speaking morning assistant, and an afternoon assistant. Our three Toddler environments--Lilacs, Butterflies and Sunflowers--share a dedicated toddler outdoor play space, and our student-teacher ratio is typically 5:1.
The curriculum is based on the five areas:
Sensorial and Perceptual Development
and Social/Emotional Development
The Montessori method focuses on helping children gain functional independence skills. That is, learning to care for their bodies and their environment. Gaining toileting independence is another important aspect of the toddler curriculum. Our toddler communities prepare food for snack daily, which usually involves baking. They also prepare and enjoy community lunch twice per week.
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 and important part of the toddler’s educational experience. Young Children at IMA have plenty of time for outdoor play and exploration. During inclement weather days, the multipurpose room provides a generous amount of indoor play space.
The Toddler Program at IMA operates on a 5 day schedule with two options:
Fully Day: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3 pm
Extended Day: Monday - Friday, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm