Children discover the world around them through the use of their senses. In the Montessori method, sensorial activities help the child explore the world through all five senses. Activities include bead stringing, matching color tablets, matching smelling boxes, working on puzzles, and comparing smooth and rough objects of different sizes.
Language activities in the Toddler Program are built on the foundation established in the first two years of life. An assortment of objects and pictures are matched to Dr. Montessori's "sandpaper letters," helping the child learn the phonetic sounds of the alphabet. Lots of singing, finger plays, stories and "conversation time" make language learning fun.
Toddlers need a "hands on" environment for learning concrete math concepts. Many learning opportunities for manipulating objects help the child begin to
understand number concepts, both quantity and symbol. A variety of Montessori materials are available and change with the season to keep the child's interest high. Apples or bears are counted and matched to the number, spindle boxes teach the concept of "zero," and sandpaper numbers let the child feel the number symbols.
Practical Life
Practical Life exercises use familiar objects drawn from experiences in the home. Children learn to care for the environment with activities such as dusting,
sweeping, folding napkins, watering plants and feeding animals. Caring for oneself includes managing a coat, washing hands and taking off and putting on
shoes. Specially designed "dressing frames" teach the child how to zip and button. Food preparation is explored through pouring and spooning activities, washing
various objects, and setting a table.
Practical Life