Toddler Community (14 - 36 months)
The Toddler Community at Childpeace is a nurturing Montessori environment where children learn to do it for themselves, through important individual and cooperative work allowing them to gain physical independence, coordination and a sense of community.
Each Toddler classroom is carefully prepared to offer an array of well-organized and developmentally appropriate activities whose beauty entices the children to engage with them and explore the world around them. This hands-on approach to learning fosters a child's innate curiosity and desire to learn. A Montessori approach to education also helps to promote independence so children have more confidence in their abilities and feel a sense of agency in their lives.
Childpeace has two Toddler Community classes. Each classroom has three adults: one Montessori-trained guide and two assistants. Children enter when they are between 14 and 18 months, joining a mixed age group of children up to 36 months.
This critical time of development is when children move toward physical independence with activities that revolve around self care such as:
And reality-based activities such as:
- Food preparation
- Household chores
- Using art media
- Language acquisition (through conversation and hands-on curriculum activities).
Purposeful activities that mirror adult work give toddlers in our program a sense of competence and belonging to a community. Activities such as:
Setting the table
- Preparing snack
- Washing dishes
The child this age is characterized as unconsciously absorbing the physical and emotional aesthetic of the environment. Therefore, the adults who guide them are respectful and loving, consistent and positive and the rooms are beautifully appointed and well-organized.