TODDLER COMMUNITY

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2 - 3 YEARS OLD

 

Children join the Toddler community who are comfortably walking at 24 months, where basic motor coordination, independence and acquisition of language along with social and emotional development are fostered.

The Toddler Community provides a nurturing environment under the guidance of trained and certified Montessori teacher in early childhood development.

Two-year-olds are energetic, speak in short sentences and are just beginning to understand concepts of like/don’t like, better/worse, over/under and boys/girls. As they master more language, they begin to express a wide range of emotions and speak with different tones in their voice. They become more interested in other children and love to pretend. They can draw a circle and a straight line. As they approach their next birthday, they become more capable of logical thinking, following more complex directions and are interested in pre-reading processes, counting, matching and sequencing.

The Princeton’s distinctive Toddler Program addresses the three primary developmental needs for a child under age 3 and provides objects, relationships and an environment which fulfills the toddler's innate inner compulsion to learn:

  • Movement: Children strengthen their gross muscle and coordination skills through planned activities like scrubbing, pouring and balancing. Movement enhances thinking and learning. Toddlers also use specialized play equipment that stimulates fine and gross motor development, are treated to outdoor learning experiences

  • Language: A robust and language-rich environment is vital for toddlers. At one year of age, a child may only have a few words in their vocabulary. By age 3, the child can have a 1,000-2,000 word vocabulary if placed in the right environment. Because 2-year-olds are acute listeners, activities include singing, rhyming, reading stories and naming and labeling of materials.

  • Order: The Montessori environment creates predictability that lets children concentrate and focus on learning. Materials are kept in an orderly manner and activities follow a predictable routine that lets children build self-esteem because they can feel in control of their decisions and take initiative in learning new and challenging skills.

The Princeton environment also introduces toddlers to rhythmic speech, songs, instruments, movement and improvisation to help children use their natural instincts to make music through active participation. 

Under the guidance of nurturing teachers trained in early childhood development and Montessori philosophy;

  • Toddlers gradually learn to separate from their parents and feel secure in an environment away from home.

  • All materials are child-sized, attractive, and displayed on low shelves within the children's reach.

  • Children are free to choose their work, and work becomes a cherished activity. It is not uncommon to see a child repeat an activity over and over, with great delight.

  • Independence is encouraged at a gradual pace according to child’s ability.

  • The children spend time outdoors every day (weather permitting) and exercise is a regular part of each day.

  • Children work with art, music, and movement on a regular basis. Library resources are also available to each child.

  • Toilet-training is part of our curriculum. 

We believe that even very small children can be responsible for the care of themselves and their own environments.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Children must attend 5 days a week from 8:45 am - 12:00 pm (half day), full or extended day.

  • Parents commitment to following the Montessori method at home. Teachers will always arrange a time to talk with you if you have any concerns.

  • Conferences are held twice a year to discuss your child's progress.

 

Parent meetings and educational seminars that focus on Montessori education at each level of child development are an integral part of our school's culture.