The Toddler Program is a developmentally responsive, dynamic environment where young children are free to investigate and explore their world. They are engaged in age-appropriate works that allow them to learn by doing, develop independence and self-mastery that is just beginning.
In this formative period of developing personalities, independence, trust, focus and problem solving, children are free to explore by using materials that emphasize experimentation and investigation of the natural world. The materials are designed to develop sensory perception as well as motor, language and math skills.
The Toddler Program is a wonderful opportunity for children to comfortably be with children their own age. They learn independence — taking coats and boots off and putting them on, preparing their own snack, choosing their own activity, cleaning up their own spills — and to celebrate the joy and pride in being able to do for themselves.
As they complete daily activities, they are consistently using small and large muscles. Their coordination is being improved as they play (or work as we say in Montessori). In the unhurried Montessori class the children are able to stay with their work until it is completed. Their concentration is able to naturally grow, as they are actively learning through their chosen work. Their work needs to be returned to the shelves so the sense of order these children naturally crave is extended into the classroom.
Above all, toddlers love to be in an environment that is rich in materials that they can touch and explore, where they are surrounded by nurturing adults and engaged in making new friends.
There is a section set up for art activities with Play-Doh, stamps, crayons, markers, paints, scissors, and paste all being present at various times.
Large muscles are exercised on various equipment as well as on “the line.” The children learn many fun songs and finger plays here as well. You may even find the toddlers doing yoga.
Although toddler children play mostly parallel with one another, they enjoy the opportunity of being with other children, waiting their turn and, if they choose, sharing their work. As their social skills mature, they are able to interact with their classmates more closely. Some materials are present for refining the senses: awareness of color, length, diameter and shape of geometric puzzle pieces, sound, etc. Through the senses, an introduction to counting and sounds begins toward the end of the school year.
The adults observe and note carefully the needs and capabilities of each child based on their knowledge of child development and the Montessori philosophy so that each child can be stimulated and challenged based upon their readiness.
Requirement: Children must have celebrated their second birthday prior to September 1st of the year for which they are enrolling.
Class times: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for two hours each day.
- 8:15 AM – 10:15 AM
- 11:15 AM – 1:15 PM
Directress: Melissa Fideli
Class Size: up to 15 students in each class
“Southwest Suburban Montessori was the best school I could have chosen for my son. He
attended SWSM from the Toddler Class through kindergarten. My son loved his teachers
and woke up every school day with a smile. He learned not only typical school subjects
but grew socially as well. Montessori allowed him to be himself while helping shape
his character positively.”
“The staff is caring and involved. The location and facilities make for an exquisite
preschool experience; I wish I could be a student here.”
“Our children have made leaps and bounds with school. The school and staff are great!”
“The level of patience the teachers and staff exhibit with the children is amazing. It is
one of the key factors driving the success of the school’s program.”