The Toddler House classroom is for two and three year old children. At these ages children typically thrive in a Montessori setting.
The children start the day with quiet reading time followed by outside gross motor play, which can include playing in the backyard or walking to the park. Once they return the children have a 2 hour independent work cycle were they are able to explore the classroom, have morning snack and receive individualized lessons.
The morning work cycle concludes with songs and movement activities. The children eat lunch together and afterward settle down for a 2 hour nap. When they wake up the children gather together for group story time and afternoon snack.
The day concludes with a lesson of either Spanish, Yoga, Art, Sign Language, Social/Emotional Development or Music. All of these special activities are taught each week.
The main goals of the toddler house classroom are to give children an opportunity to learn:
- Practical life skills such as potty training, dressing themselves, health eating habits and maintaining a clean appearance.
- Social Skills such as verbally solving conflicts with others, building friendships, and developing a sense of community.
- Academic Skills such as number symbols, quantities recognition, letter symbols, phonetic sounds recognition, colors and shapes.
The differences in physical and social development between two and three year olds can be quite significant, which is why these age groups learn from each other as much as they learn from the teacher. Concepts like working out conflicts, sharing, showing another child what to do and taking turns are integrated into the daily work cycles and play activities.