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Junior Toddler Program

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Our Junior Toddler Programme provides a very unique introductory period of the Montessori learning practices to the youngest children entering the classroom, where through multi-sensory explorations the child begins his or her incredible journey of self-creation.

Children enter this programme at a tender age of 9 months, where the environment is carefully prepared to offer a safe and nurturing atmosphere of special understanding, to provide challenge and excitement while encouraging the child’s natural curiosity, and where independence is fostered, respect is modelled and support is constantly displayed.

Our Junior Toddler Programme is somewhat slower paced than our Toddler classroom. The teacher-child ratio is 3:10, lower than in the Toddler environment. Similarly to the slightly older age group, the classroom is furnished with small scale tables and chairs, suited perfectly to this very young group of children. Besides the daily practice and refinement of gross motor and fine motor skills, the programme is designed to focus on visual discrimination and language, which is in perfect alignment with the Sensitive Periods of this age group, discovered by Dr. Maria Montessori.

To fulfill the junior toddlers’ sensitive period for language our program introduces “BabySign”. With the combination of this intriguing concept and the teachers’ repetitive, proper enunciation of simple words and expressions our youngest children eagerly begin to form words and start expanding their constantly growing vocabularies. Paired this with their newly acquired skill of Signing our young toddlers are able and begin to communicate in a simple and very effective way. Listening to stories, learning songs and introducing French all enrich their flourishing language development.

The simple multi-sensorial Montessori activities with their gradually increasing level of difficulty satisfy our young toddlers’ thirst for the full experience; the exploration of everything around them, not only engaging all their senses, but their entire body.

Gross motor activities are absolutely essential for our young children’s growing bodies. Running, jumping, climbing outside and on our outdoor play structures, and, dancing, playing games, learning to walk up and down stairs and walking on a balance beam indoors all nurture the proper development of the physically active, healthy body and plant the seeds of a healthy lifestyle at a very early age.

Our highly trained, qualified teachers, by modelling kindness, respect and consideration of others, instill these ideals at this very young age and encourage children to emulate them in daily practise.

Freedom of choice is a regular practice in our Junior Toddler classroom. While children are given the access to countless activities and explorations it all takes place in an environment with its healthy, natural limitations. Therefore, children begin to learn to respect themselves, each-other and their environment, which will be valuable for a lifetime.

Daily Routine: Junior Toddler Classroom

7:00 am - 8:30 am: Before School Program – Stories, Music, Free Play; Arrival
9:00 am - 9:30 am: Morning Snack
9:30 am - 9:50 am: Circle Time – Songs, Nomenclature Cards, Baby Sign, Creative Arts, etc.
10:00 am - 10:20 am: Montessori Work Cycle – One-on-One Presentations, Individual Explorations
10:20 am - 11:20 am: Outdoor Time – Gross Motor Activities
11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch
12:15 pm - 3:00 pm: Naptime
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm: Afternoon Snack
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm: Free Play
3:45 pm – 6:30 pm: Dismissal; After School Program – Stories, Games, Music, Free Play, Outdoor Activities