This half-day program can be three or five mornings per week and provides a wonderful introduction to Montessori for children who are 18 months old, as well as for their parents. Toddlers are able to experiment with their increasing need for independence in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.
The toddler program takes advantage of the child's natural drive to act independently. Pinewoods Montessori advances each child's growth and development through a rich and and well prepared environment designed just for these learners. The classrooms are a special place for the young child to begin his/her steps towards independence and self-reliance.
Dedicated, nurturing and trained teachers implement a toddler-focused curriculum to foster cognitive development, speech and language development, strengthen fine motor and gross motor skills, introduce grace and courtesy lessons and promote independence.
Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. Classroom materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. Activities are changed regularly in response to children’s need for variety and challenge as they grow and learn. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to school.
Michelle M. lives in Hillsborough, and shared her experirence having her son in the toddler program here at Pinewoods Montessori. Here’s what she had to say: