Toddler Community

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The Toddler Community 

The RMS Toddler Community is not a daycare environment; rather, it is structured as a child’s first scholastic experience. Each classroom is carefully prepared to meet the emerging developmental needs for children between 18 and 36 months of age. We offer two programs, a half-day or a full-day experience, which meet five days a week from 8:30-11:30am or 8:30am-3:00pm. (For information on extended care, click here.)  There are two classrooms, Pinecones and Acorns, each of which consists of twelve children led by a certified Montessori guide and an assistant. The toddlers enjoy exploring and learning in four environments—their classroom, the activity room, the gym, and the outdoors. 

As an educational alternative to day care, our expectations for the child and for families are significantly different. When we receive a child, we expect that families have a basic understanding of what Montessori is and a genuine desire to remain at the school for the long run. Please consider carefully your desire and commitment to be a part of our community.

“I can do it!”

IMG_0801.JPGA toddler becomes acquainted with both the world around them and, just as importantly, with her- or himself. This is a period of intense learning when a child’s core being is ignited. The amount of learning that takes place during this time is unprecedented and lays the foundation for all future development.

Toddlers are determined to become independent and self-reliant. They also prefer order. As such, virtually everything in the environment is designed to support this—from the child-sized furniture, and fixtures to the expectations that children learn to do things for themselves.

Prepared Environments, Stimulating Activities

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Our classrooms are places where guides respect young children and allow them to exercise their own independence. Vital to the healthy construction of independence are opportunities to discover and develop real problem solving skills as well as practice culturally accepted social skills. The children explore the environment and the relationships around them through language, practical life, art, movement, and Spanish activities.

  • Language:  development of receptive and expressive language through daily conversation, songs, stories, and a variety of materials that present pictures of all kinds of vocabulary and classification of relationships.
  • Practical Life:  development of essential fine-motor coordination, meeting self-care needs, and completion of truly enjoyable projects such as preparing food, washing dishes, scrubbing tables, or watering plants.
  • Art:  development of creativity by working with clay, markers, crayons, glue, and paint.
  • Movement:  development of gross motor skills with use of tricycles, balls, games, and outdoor playground equipment.
  • Spanish:  development of second language learning abilities through songs, books, and conversation.

IMG_0764.JPGFrom time to time, parents come for a gathering to be with their children to sing songs, tell stories, or have a picnic. The all-day children lunch together family style, nap, and then enjoy more of the exploratory activities until it is time to go home.

If you wish your child to develop the foundation for independent thinking and self-reliance, we welcome your questions and interest in the Toddler Community. The learning that takes place during a child’s first years is the foundation for all remaining years.  This is why how children learn directly influences who they will become. 

After the Toddler Community, students advance to the Children's House.  Click here to find out more.

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