The Montessori Environment: Toddlers 15 to 36 months
Childpeace has two Toddler Community classes (a group of 8 and a group of 12). Children enter when they are between 15 and 18 months old, joining a mixed-age gr oup of children up to 36 months old. This critical time of development is when children move toward physical independence with activities that revolve around self care (such as dressing, eating and toileting), reality-based activities (such as food preparation, household chores and using art media) and language acquisition (through conversation and hands-on curriculum activities). Purposeful activities that mirror adult work (such as setting the table, preparing snack and washing dishes) give toddlers in our program a sense of competence and belonging to a community.
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.