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“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori

Young Toddler: 10 - 24 months

Young Toddler

By providing an attractive, enjoyable, organized and child-centered environment, the Young Toddler program at AMS enables our infants and young toddlers to be free to fully and safely explore and experience the learning-rich, prepared environment. Each day includes time for individual and small group activities, circle, snack and outdoor play.

The room is filled with materials that encourage children to touch, grasp, listen, smell, manipulate, and acquire and practice language.  Practical life activities are the heart of the Montessori classroom, and offer all of the developmental benefits of movement and language.  Children practice sequencing and matching, refine gross and fine motor skills, and extend their concentration.  The activities range from stringing beads to self-feeding and toilet learning to food preparation.

The Young Toddler program allows for heightened flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs of the youngest students.  They rest on low cots so they can go to their own space when tired during the morning, with minimal assistance.  Snack and meal times are guided by child need. As children age and adjust to the daily routines, they begin to have a regular schedule with the whole class.

We invite you to observe the Young Toddler classroom and imagine your child participating in it.

The Young Toddler program offers the following schedule choices:

  • Three, four, or five days
  • Morning (8:15-11:30 AM), Lunch (8:15 AM-12:45 PM), or School Day (8:15 AM-2:45 PM)
  • Before Care from 7:30 AM, After Care until 5:30 PM