“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


Toddler: 15 months - 3 years

Peace Day celebration

By providing a warm, caring, fun, organized and child-centered environment, the Toddler program at AMS enables the child to be free to fully explore and experience the learning-rich, prepared environment. From this environment comes concentration, a clear and peaceful mind, a profound sense of security, and respect for others and oneself. The program constantly evolves based on the needs of the children while remaining firmly grounded in the Montessori education philosophy. Each day includes time for individual and small group activities, circle, snack and outdoor play.

Materials and activities in the environment are chosen to allow each child to develop at their own pace. 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.

We invite you to observe the Toddler program and imagine your child participating in it. There are two classrooms in the Toddler program: Toddler I and Toddler II. The Toddler I classroom is designed for 14 children with 3 staff members, while the Toddler II classroom is designed for 9 children with 2 staff members. The programs share a playground. As you will see in all of our classrooms, everything is designed for children: the windows are low to allow children to see outside easily and the toilets and sinks are child-sized to maximize independence.

The Toddler program offers the following schedule choices:

  • Three, four, or five days
  • Lunch (8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), or School Day (8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.) schedule options
  • Before Care from 7:30 a.m, After Care until 5:30 p.m.