The Montessori Toddler Curriculum supports the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child. The teachers create a nurturing, inviting, and orderly setting in the classroom referred to as the prepared environment to help guide this development. The activities in this environment lead the child to build order, coordination, independence, sensory motor skills, socialization skills, self-esteem, inner security, and habits of concentration.
Kingsley Toddler Program
In the Kingsley Toddler Program, the developmental stages of Toddler life are supported through these curriculum areas:
- PRACTICAL LIFE - Activities that promote the growth toward independent self-care, including cooking, cleaning, and the care of the physical environment.
- SENSORIAL - Activities for discrimination of the senses, including taste, smell, hand to mind, and movement of the physical body in space.
- LANGUAGE - Opportunities for communication, including telling and listening to stories, singing, creating music and art, and engaging specialized language materials that promote language learning.
- FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT - Occasions for gross and fine motor activities including dancing, movement, finger plays, yoga as well as moving and interacting with the learning environment.
- INDEPENDENCE - Opportunities for children to make choices, work collaboratively and independently, explore their classroom environment freely, and express their curiosity.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
At Kingsley, we keep a simple routine to help young children feel confident and secure.
- Arrival: Arrive at school and welcome the day! Shake hands and say hello. Hang up jacket and put belongings away.
- Work Time: This is where purposeful learning takes place as the child practices the work cycle. The work cycle is when the child freely chooses or is guided towards a work from the shelf, receives a lesson or explores the work, and returns the work back to the shelf.
- Snack: Snack is available for the children and they serve themselves independently. They prepare the snack. Pour water into cups. Slice bananas into sections. Put food on plates. Enjoy and then clean up.
- Group Activities/Circle Time: Learn a new song or dance. Listen to stories together. Dig a really big hole in the sandbox or climb the wall in the Movement Room. Try a new food together.
- Dismissal: Teachers support children to change their shoes, gather their belongings, and shake hands as they are dismissed to go home.
The goals of the Toddler Performing Arts Program are to:
- Build a foundation and love of music that will support the child throughout their academic career.
- Encourage students to step outside their comfort zone and take chances in their music making.
- Introduce core musical concepts through play and games.
- Give parents and students alike the tools to cultivate music making at home.
- Present music from across the globe and from many different cultures to help students understand the context of music-making.
- Guide students towards healthy use of their singing voices as well as basic instrumental technique.
- Toddler visual arts classes take place in small groups within the classroom environment.
- In their weekly art classes, students explore many different art materials and begin to learn early art skills such as painting, drawing, sculpting, and print-making.
- Materials are presented to children so they can access them independently and begin to gain confidence in exploring their own creativity.