The Terrible Twos? We disagree; toddlers are terrific! We love everything about them – their boundless energy, determination, and curiosity – and purposefully created a very special place for your toddler to learn.
Help Me Do It Myself
Toddler’s have so much energy and curiosity that it can be hard for parents to imagine their child being focused, let alone practicing grace and courtesy. Your child has a natural drive to be independent, which we encourage by creating an environment where everything is just the right size for them to do things on their own. Child-size tools that fit small hands allow them to prepare a snack and serve it to friends. A miniature broom gives them the ability to clean up on their own. And they love it! Our Toddler class focuses on the areas of rapid development between the age of 18 months – 3 years including large and fine motor skills, sensorial, practical life, and language., while modeling gentleness, care of self, and respect for others.
Area #1: Independence
Care of Self, Care of Environment activities aid in the development of the child’s independence and mastery of his environment. Each activity helps the child perfect his coordination and increase concentration and orderliness.
Area #2: Language
The child at this age is especially sensitive to the acquisition of their language and culture. Lessons involving stories, books, songs, picture cards, objects and contact with the natural world are all incorporated into the curriculum to help develop the child’s receptive and expressive language.
Area #3: Physical Development
Large motor movement is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth. Large Motor movement pulls the child into contact with the environment, which develops strength, agility, balance and coordination.
Fine motor refers to the movements we make with the small muscles of the hands. Children start to use their hands right at birth to explore their own bodies and the world around them. Their fine motor skills develop as their whole body starts to move and become more stable.
Area #4: Cognitive Development
Montessori materials are based on sensorial exploration. Thus, a child learns by doing and by manipulating objects prepared in his environment.
Area #5: Social-Emotional Development
The Social Emotional area of development involves learning to interact with other people, and to understand and control your own emotions.
Area #6: Purposeful Activity and Routines
In a Montessori classroom, children choose their “purposeful activity”. Working at their own pace and under the teacher’s guidance, the children learn by making discoveries with the materials, which cultivates concentration, motivation, self-discipline, independence and a love of learning.
“As we observe children, we see the vitality of their spirit, the maximum effort put forth in all they do, the intuition, attention, and focus they bring to all life’s events, and the sheer joy they experience in living.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori
Practice, Practice, Practice
Often children who don’t do things for themselves simply don’t know how or haven’t had enough practice. The Montessori classroom is focused on work, not toys and playing pretend. The child-sized shelves display tasks children can choose for themselves, such as pouring, sweeping, dusting, buttoning, zipping, and table setting. Children find these fascinating and will practice a task again and again until they master it. Mistakes are learning opportunities in this atmosphere of patience, trust, and respect.
A Beautiful Place to Learn
Parents are often surprised to see how peaceful our Toddler classroom is. The calm atmosphere and lack of distraction helps young children develop impulse control and concentration, planting the seeds for educational success in the years ahead.
Our classroom bridges indoors and outdoors. Children paint, prepare food, water the plants, and sing songs together. Our program includes Spanish, trips to the school library, and time on the playground and in the gym, and planned outings with parents.
Bonds of Friendship and Love
Our students grow together into a close-knit, caring community where children work, learn, and grow together. Making friends and learning to be part of a community is a life-shaping experience for a young child. The children learn to take care of themselves and their surroundings and develop skills to communicate with each other. The lessons in grace and courtesy our teachers model help children develop respect for themselves, for others, and for the natural world. Your child will emerge with strong friendships that continue to build as they move up to the next level.
A Joyful Experience
Maria Montessori once said, “One test of the correctness of the educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” Come take a peek into our Toddler classroom and you will see children who are happy, engaged, and deeply connected to their friends and teachers. These children develop an early, deep affinity for school because learning is a joyful experience!
We offer an option of two, three, or five days a week. Our full-day Toddler classes begin with arrival at 8:15 a.m. and end with dismissal at 3:15 p.m. We also offer a half-day morning class from 8:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Before and After School Care is available for children enrolled in this program.
Learning to Use the Toilet
A key element at this age in building independence and learning to care for oneself is learning to use the toilet. We don’t call this toilet training; we call it toilet learning.
Toilet learning is a gradual process and can start as early as 12 months old, just by encouraging your child to sit on the potty for a moment after taking off the wet diaper. We’ve helped hundreds of children in our years of teaching and we have a lot more tips to share you can use at home to support your child’s development in this area.
What Parents Say
“CLMS has become our children’s home away from home…”
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3013 S. Country Club Rd.
Woodstock, IL 60098
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3013 S. Country Club Rd
Woodstock, IL 60098