Our play is not child’s play. We’re building blocks of learning.
“The first six years of the child are the foundation of all the characteristics, attitudes, and abilities of his adulthood constructed in such a manner that it lasts throughout his whole life.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Children learn through play. A child’s natural path to knowledge follows the whims of curiosity and wonder. At Alexander Montessori, our Toddler Program sets children ages 18 months to three years old on a lifelong path of exploration, in a world created especially for the heart and mind of a young child.
In this sensorial environment of order and simplicity, all aspects have been tuned to the rhythm of a child. The lights and sounds, the height of the doorknobs and size of the chairs, the structure of a child’s day, have all been carefully planned to fulfill Toddlers’ needs, while empowering their sense of self-worth and optimum development.
Toddlers are happiest in a constant state of motion. Toddlers have newfound abilities and a strong desire to “do it by myself,” yet they seek an ever-ready avenue for retreat and reassurance as their intellectual, physical, and social skills blossom.
Our Toddler Program provides a safe, nurturing atmosphere, allowing for a child’s freedom of movement and learning directed by a child’s interest. Children experience cognitive and motor development by hands-on activities at an unhurried pace. They are given time to become captivated by a concept, and encouraged to develop their potential in their own time.
When children learn at their natural pace, it is often by leaps and bounds. When learning is its own reward, the need for artificial rewards and punishment disappears. When children are guided by an adult sensitive to their needs, yet left free to explore, children gain self-confidence and self-discipline, creating a strong foundation for all future learning.
Because your child is unique, our program is uniquely designed.
Alexander Montessori School’s Toddler Program was the first of its kind in South Florida. Our pioneering program emphasizes a collaborative relationship between the Montessori Staff and parents. Children are gradually accustomed to the program through a "phase-in period" for a comfortable transition to this home away from home.
Designed to nurture a child’s mental and physical streams of energy in harmony, a child’s day encompasses indoor and outdoor, individualized and social toddler activities. As children gain an increasing sense of order, coordination, concentration and independence, they naturally progress from the Toddler to Preschool and Elementary Programs. The Toddler Program is available at the Old Cutler Road Campus and the Palmetto Bay Campus.