780 South 2000 West bldg B, Syracuse UT 84075

24 months to 36 months

This curriculum overview reflects basic materials that will be converged in to Toddler programs. Teachers utilize a multi-sensory approach, which addresses all learning styles. One of the essentials of early Montessori is largely based on the idea of the sensitive periods. The teachers observe carefully for their presence in each child’s development. There are eleven sensitive periods occurring from birth to age six. The sensitive periods that occur while a child is in the Toddler program are movement, language, small objects, order, music, grace and courtesy, and refinement of the senses. The four remaining sensitive periods occur between ages three and six when the child is writing, reading, and working with spatial relationships and math. Early Montessori offers a unique environment and specialized materials for students to accomplish these outlined goals.

The Environment

Specially designed activities and materials that will meet the Toddler’s interest in:

  • Movement
  • Independence
  • Order
  • Language
  • Music
  • Toddler size furniture which enables the child to explore the classroom
  • Gross motor play area in to classroom
  • Safe environment
  • The child is able to explorer
  • The child is allowed to make choices
  • The child is able to have independence
  • The environment is fully equipped with materials
  • Practice Life consists of care of self, care of the environment and food prep
  • Each material or work is done in four phases choosing and placing a mat on the floor, talking chosen work to the mat, completing the work, and putting the work back on the self in its correct place

Toddler learns best through:

  • Purposeful movement
  • Self chosen activity
  • Activity that fulfills the need of a sensitive period
  • Repetition
  • Concentration
  • Experiencing order
  • Organization
  • Social skills
  • Developing a sense of responsibility
  • Green motor control
  • Fine motor control
  • Listening to directions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Empathy
  • Patience
  • Impure control

Life Skills/Development:

  • Manners
  • Cooperation
  • Learning to use a soft voice
  • Ability to adjust to transition
  • Self-chosen activity
  • Learning to listen and follow directions
  • Completion of task
  • Response for materials and peers
  • Independence

Manner of working:

  • Self direction
  • Work independently
  • Practice/repeat for internalization of skills
  • Follow directions
  • Partnership/team relationships
  • Concentration                      

Group/Circle Time:

  • Learning to sit in group
  • Learning to sit quietly
  • Singing
  • Vocabulary
  • counting and member recognition

Practical Life

  • Learning to carry a tray
  • Rolling up a mat
  • Putting work back on the self
  • Preparing for snack
  • Cleaning up after snack
  • Spooning
  • Pouring
  • Sorting
  • Opening containers
  • Stringing beads
  • Folding
  • Large peg Boards
  • Hammering
  • Stacking/nesting work
  • Wooden slicing work
  • Puzzle
  • Putting on coat
  • Hanging up coat
  • Mirror cleaning
  • Pouring with a funnel
  • Sewing cards
  • Dusting
  • Sweeping
  • Table setting
  • Watering Plants
  • Washing plant leaves
  • Food preparation
  • Lunch Preparation
  • Washing hands
  • Toilet training
  • Putting on socks and shoes
  • Changing cloths
  • Wiping one’s nose

Language Development

  • The adult talks and listens to the child
  • Looking at books
  • Wooden Puzzles
  • Learning to express themselves
  • Learning to communicate needs
  • Vocabulary enrichment cards
  • Object discrimination
  • Object picture matching
  • Picture for naming
  • Simple finger plays and movement to music
  • Classification materials

Math

  • Stacking and nesting cubes
  • Number Blocks and Puzzle
  • Sorting and counting Materials

Art

  • Painting with watercolors on an ease
  • Crayons
  • Rubbings
  • Push pin
  • Cutting Work
  • Gluing