During the toddler stage, your child gains more confidence in their surroundings. In mixed-age settings, they observe older children and their behaviors. They learn real-life tasks while exploring language, math concepts, and gross and fine motor skills. Children learn these through sensory experiences provided by Montessori materials. Older children will adapt to leadership roles.
The Toddler Program encourages children to express their independence. They return materials to their proper places, can set the table and caring for themselves. Toddlers also learn to interact with other children in a respectful manner. MMIA encourages toddlers to develop their coordination. They can grow in their independence and self-esteem. Children at this age develop expressive and comprehensive language skills.
The MMIA Toddler community is kept small, intimate, and flexible with a variety of planned activities. In this environment, the needs of the children are adhered to at all times rather than a plan created by adults. There should be a feeling of joy in this environment as these young children are given freedom. They are not given license to do whatever they want, but they are given freedom within a structure that caters to their developmental needs.
You’ll find toddlers engaging in work. This the term that Dr. Maria Montessori used to describe the use of various materials in the school setting.