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Toddler Program: 18 Months to 3 Years Old

 
 
The Discovery Toddler Community is a prepared environment for children 18 months to 3 years old. It is designed to assist the child toward independence, social awareness, respect, and the development of motor skills and language. Discovery's Toddler Community embodies three toddler classrooms; Discovery's 4-Day class meets on Monday through Thursday and includes 11:30 and 12:30 dismissal options. The two 5-Day classes offer 11:30, 12:30 and 3:00 dismissal options. Toddlers who dismiss at 12:30 are enrolled in our Lunch Hour program, and Toddlers who dismiss at 3:00 are included in our Lunch Hour and Full Day Program. The Full Day students are offered a rest/nap period each afternoon.
 
Maria Montessori asserted that human beings develop with the greatest intensity during the first three years of life; therefore, the toddler classrooms are prepared to provide nurturance, security and challenge in an orderly environment. The maximum number of children in each toddler class is twelve, with one lead teacher and one associate teacher. 

The beginning of the school year brings the parent and child together until the child feels trust to positively separate from the parent. Only then may the child independently attend an environment especially set up for his/her developmental needs. 

Specific goals for the toddler program are as follows: 
  • To assist the child in a positive separation from parents in order to facilitate individuation.
  • To provide an orderly environment in which toddlers may explore and experience concepts and skills through manipulation.
  • To provide a language-rich environment through precise nomenclature, books, nursery rhymes, and music.
  • To give the child opportunities for practical life - care of the self and environment - so that the child understands that each person has an important function. This encourages a positive self-concept and confidence.
  • To provide a social environment for the fostering of community and respect.
  • To create an aesthetic environment through art work and objects from nature that call to the child's love of beauty.
  • To encourage a supportive community for parents through education and participation.
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Toddler Curriculum Guide

 
  
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