A carefully prepared Toddler environment has been designed for the young child ages 18 months to 36 months. This environment has been created in a “home like” atmosphere where the children can move about, freely engaging in purposeful activities. There has been a curriculum created just for their inquisitive minds that will foster enrichment in the areas of language, math, science, geography and history. The children will also receive group time involvement in large body movement, eye hand coordination, art, music, sensory stimulation, practical life skills, singing, stories, and music. A snack is provided in both the morning and afternoon session. Weather permitting; the children will spend time outside each day on a well-‐planned playground. Those children participating in the all-‐day program will have a quiet nap time in the afternoon hours , should they need it. Toilet training is also worked on during the year in preparation for transition into the Early Childhood Program.
Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood Program, for ages 3 to 6 years old, allows the child to focus upon ordering their environment and to become familiar with academic concepts through concrete manipulation. A love of learning results which prepares the child for a lifetime of education.
The Early Childhood classroom is divided into several different areas (Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, and Culture) and within these areas, the exercises are logically organized from simple idea to the complex, and from concrete to the abstract. Each area has hands-on materials which are geometrically shaped, simply designed, aesthetic, and suitable for small hands. Interaction with these high-quality materials, rewards the child with a range of sensorial experiences.
The Practical Life exercises enable the children to learn self-control, both mental and physical. The children prepare snacks, scrub tables, learn how to buckle, snap, tie, zip, pour liquids, water plants, and, in general, take care of themselves, their environment, and each other. The Practical Life exercises appeal to the child's natural desire for independence and order at this age.
We have an extensive number of sensorial materials that help to enhance the child's understanding of his or her physical environment through manipulation of materials which isolate certain aspects of that environment, such as color, sound, taste, smell, touch and spatial relationships.
The Language work of the child begins at birth — the child hears the spoken language and begins the development necessary for assimilation. Young children learn through movement, and the sandpaper letters help them learn the phonetic sounds of the alphabet not only through sight but through touch. Reading and writing are complex skills which are built upon all the experiences of the young child and which usually occur naturally and spontaneously in the Montessori environment.
The use of manipulative materials enables the child to internalize concepts of numbers, symbols, sequence, operations and memorization of basic facts.
Children are introduced to the basics of geography, history, life sciences, earth sciences, music, art and movement.
Extended Care School Activities are provided by Grasslands Montessori for the children in the Toddler and Early Childhood Programs. We offer the extended hours as a service to our parents who work outside of the home. Extended school activities are structured to compliment the learning that will take place daily in the Montessori Classroom. The lessons of grace and courtesy, which are taught and practiced during school time, will also be expected during the Extended Care Program. We offer an exceptional staff of personnel who will provide activities, varying dependent upon the weather and season of the year. These well-‐organized activities may include music, art, cooking, outdoors games, science or theater. The students attending will be served a healthy afterschool snack provided by Grassland Montessori Academy. It is important to inform the staff of any food allergies that your child(ren) may have.