Infant/Toddler Childcare (Tiny Tots) Class
Ages 0 – 18 months
Our Pre-Primary Montessori classroom helps toddlers’ transition to the Montessori environment. A Montessori certified teacher directs the children to enhance their self-learning skills & independence.
A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of three he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind. [Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child, translated by M. Joseph Costelloe, S.J.]
Each student is an individual, and lessons are developed according to each child’s needs and skill level. A Montessori certified teacher plans her classroom and lessons that open the world to the child by bringing the world to her classroom. We celebrate all the festivals around the world and the children learn about all different cultures and countries around the globe.
Toddlers love starting our Montessori class with unlimited possibilities, and a properly structured environment; to promote independence and self-exploration. Dr. Maria Montessori compared a child’s mind to a sponge because the child can learn and absorb information from the environment and retain it for future use. Practice makes a man perfect, this is so true, and that is why at Playful Platos toddlers learn all day with hands-on activities. Our toddler program allows children to explore all their senses and work on all their developmental areas of growth.
Toddlers have a natural curiosity and our teachers encourage the children to touch, handle and explore materials in the class. Our experienced teachers setup their classroom keeping in mind the limited attention span of a toddler. This is why there is a wide variety of materials and lessons available to a child to explore, throughout the day. The teacher is a guide and after giving the lesson she only steps in to help the child when he starts feeling frustrated and needs a little encouragement. All this encouragement and self-motivation help the child feel confident and independent.
“Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.” Maria Montessori