Toddler

The Toddler Communities at Aidan Montessori School are supportive extensions of learning that has already begun at home.

Aidan has two Toddler Communities that each include one Montessori-trained teacher, two assistants and approximately twelve children aged 18 to 36 months. Each classroom is a specially prepared environment designed to meet the needs of children this age allowing them to become independent and engaged learners. A Montessori community is really a microcosm of society. Young children go through sensitive periods of order and language and the Toddler Community is designed with this in mind, allowing movement, exploration and socialization. Toddlers have a genius capacity for mental absorption and are encouraged to quietly and intently explore and discover.

In the Toddler Community we work on

  • Language Development—communication and vocabulary
  • Socialization—referred to as Grace and Courtesy
  • Movement—fine and large motor skills
  • Practical life—food preparation and care of the classroom environment
  • Functional independence—care of oneself and bathroom independence

During the three hour period from 8:15 to 11:15am, each child is offered an array of activities such as watering plants, slicing fruit, washing dishes or mopping the floor. With each choice children practice movement, concentration and develop self-confidence. The entire group gathers together every morning for the community meal, prepared by the children with the guidance of an adult. The table is set with flowers, place mats, cloth napkins and everyone practices manners. During the morning we engage in music, poetry and song, and art materials are always available. There is joy and excitement each day as the child’s personality unfolds and blossoms, revealing the person he or she will become.

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Toddler Program Hours

8:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Meet Our Toddler Faculty

Nicole Barba

Toddler Teacher, Sassafras Class

Tatiana Barnes

Toddler Assistant, Sassafras Class and Event Coordinator

Lakmali Cooray

ASP Assistant and Toddler Assistant, Mountain Silverbell Class

Dalis Nava

Toddler Assistant, Mountain Silverbell Class

Nirmala Tennekoon

ASP Assistant and Toddler Assistant, Sassafras Class

Iris Williams

Toddler Teacher, Mountain Silverbell Class