philosophy encourages adults in the environment to follow the child. By the
very nature of traditional Montessori practices, we follow the children's
interests and energy levels so this schedule below is approximate. Though
our routine is established, the amount of time we spend on specific
activities may vary from day to day.
independence within a Montessori toddler classroom is a main focus. Children
are allowed and encouraged to do most daily tasks for themselves, especially
"care of self", such as dressing/undressing, putting on and taking off shoes
and coats, cleaning up their own work, eating and toileting. It is amazing
to see what they can do for themselves when given the opportunity! Circle
time is a time for the children to come together as a group. We practice
sitting still (keeping our hands and bodies under control), listening and
singing songs, dancing and building vocabulary. The children really enjoy
this time and love to participate in music, movement, stories and song.
8:45-9:00: The children arrive, say goodbye to their parents, enter the classroom and
greet their teacher and friends.
8:45-10:30: Child-directed work cycle designed to help the child
become familiar with surroundings and a deeper awareness of self. Children
are free to choose activities from the prepared environment. During this
period the child is introduced to everyday activities that promote
self-esteem, independence while helping to establish community. Lessons are
presented to individuals or small groups. The work period includes social
skills, toileting, language development, snack prep, care of self, care for
the environment and clean up.
During outside time, children have the opportunity to stretch, flex, and
exercise on the various types of age-appropriate play equipment that we have
to offer as well as take nature walks and care for the outside environment.
Children will be served a group snack. Snack time promotes care of self,
social interaction as well an introduction to healthy eating.
Groups activities (variety of movement, music/song, story time and
prepare to go home.