At Battery Park Montessori, the toddlers are provided with meaningful learning experiences in a carefully-designed and prepared environment. They have many opportunities to grow and mature at a time where their minds are developing at the fastest rate in all of their lives. It is here that a strong foundation is established for their future years in education and life.
The toddler program is designed to create a gentle transition from the child’s home to their first school experience. Our highly skilled and trained toddler teachers guide our youngest children through a curriculum which respects their transition and addresses all aspects of their development by nurturing them intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.
Everything in the toddler space is child-sized to enable developmentally appropriate challenges. The following are the areas and components found in a Montessori toddler classroom that help foster toddlers’ innate need for independence, exploration, and the building of trust.
The construction of vocabulary is a part of every aspect of the curriculum from snack time to group activities. The language area includes language objects, nomenclature cards, songs, books, etc.
For more information about Language at Battery Park Montessori, please visit the Trilingual Language Program section of this website.
Simple concepts of numbers are introduced through songs, counting games, and manipulative materials. Manipulative activities such as puzzles and counting objects, deepens students’ understanding of number concepts.
This area enhances the child’s development of task organization and cognitive order. Activities such a pouring, tending to plants, and preparing and offering a snack, and clearing the table give children the chance to develop skills to care for themselves, others, and their environment. Such activities also promote control of movement and grace and courtesy. In many ways, the skills developed through practical life become precursors for the concentration needed in the classroom and life lessons that follow.
Since self-care and toilet learning are an integral part of our curriculum at this level, each child is encouraged to use the toilet as needed and to be active participants in diapering and toileting. Diapering in the toddler class (if needed) is done standing up so that they can fully take part in their own care.
Social and Emotional
Our toddlers’ social and emotional development is supported by responsive individual attention. In addition, children take part in various activities that help them develop self-esteem and trust in their own ability to care for themselves and their environment.
Along with the mind, both fine and gross motor skills develop rapidly form from birth to three years. Physical activity in the young child is an important part of our curriculum for we believe that mental development flourishes with and largely depends on movement.
Children are encouraged to work on their hand-eye coordination with materials that allow for threading, placing blocks in size order, and working on puzzles. Our children also have ample opportunities to work on their gross motor skills by using our indoor treehouse and outdoor patio area to climb, jump, balance, crawl, dance, and skip.