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Pre-Casa (Toddler) Program
Pre-Casa (Toddler) From 18 Months to 2.5 Years
The Montessori Toddler program is designed to meet the unique developmental needs of children between the ages of 18 months to 2.5 years. It follows the educational philosophy and approach developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator.
Here is an overview of the Montessori Toddler program:
The classroom is carefully arranged to promote independence, exploration, and learning. It is filled with age-appropriate materials and activities that cater to the child's developmental needs and interests. The environment is organized and inviting, allowing children to freely choose their activities.
Freedom within Limits:
The Montessori approach emphasizes the importance of giving Toddlers the freedom to explore and make choices within certain boundaries. They can select activities, work at their own pace, and move around the classroom. However, they also learn to respect the needs of others and follow ground rules established in the classroom.
Practical Life Skills:
Toddlers are introduced to practical life activities that help them develop independence, concentration, coordination, and order. These activities include pouring, spooning, dressing, washing hands, and other everyday tasks that promote fine and gross motor skills, self-care, and social development.
The Montessori materials for Toddlers focus on sensory exploration. Children engage in activities that stimulate their senses of touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell. They work with various manipulative materials to refine their senses and develop cognitive skills, such as size discrimination, color recognition, and shape matching.
Language-rich environments are created to foster vocabulary development, listening skills, and communication. Toddlers are exposed to a wide range of spoken language and engage in activities that encourage conversation, storytelling, and early literacy skills. Montessori materials like language cards and picture books are used to enhance language acquisition.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills:
Toddlers participate in activities that develop their fine motor skills, such as threading beads, using tongs, and working with puzzles. Gross motor skills are also encouraged through climbing, crawling, walking, and outdoor play. The aim is to enhance coordination, balance, and physical confidence.
Social and Emotional Development:
The Montessori Toddler program places importance on social interactions and emotional development. Children learn to engage with peers, practice sharing and cooperation, and develop empathy and respect for others. The program creates a nurturing and supportive environment where children can build relationships and develop a sense of belonging.
Montessori education recognizes that each child is unique and develops at their own pace. The Toddler program provides individualized attention and guidance, allowing educators to observe and understand each child's interests, strengths, and areas for growth. This approach supports personalized learning and fosters a love for learning.
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