The Pre -Montessori class offers for children from 2 years old. It is a period characterized by the need to explore everything, move, and develop large motor coordination and strength. We believe at this age there is huge expansion into language. They develop a capacity to create symbols, images, and concepts and become aware of him/herself as a separate and independent person.
The Pre -Montessori class has five main areas at the toddler level:
- Practical life and daily living skills
- Sense awareness
- Language development
- Art and music
The Pre -Montessori class’s program takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. We help them learn to care for themselves including washing hands, putting on jackets, putting on shoes, and feeding themselves. In this language-rich environment, teacher support and guides toddlers as they explore order and disorder, and refine their emerging motor skills. Outdoor play is part of the daily routine.
Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. Classroom materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. Activities are changed regularly in respond to children’s need for variety and challenge as they grow and learn. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to the Montessori class 1 (age 3 -4 years old).