Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
The toddler program at Hawk Meadow Montessori School is designed for children ages 18 months through three years.
With toddler-aged children, we seek to encourage development in the areas of independence, concentration, social skills, self-esteem and language. Children at this age are in a sensitive period for language, and are blossoming into new words, sentence construction, and ways of expressing their wants and needs. We create an environment that is language-rich and full of opportunities for the children to be empowered by doing for themselves, whether it be by washing a dish, using the toilet independently, or learning to button a coat.
We give the children the language and the negotiating tools necessary to make themselves understood, and to navigate the social world that they are beginning to discover and appreciate at this age. In a Montessori toddler environment, a child is given the time and the guidance to master the skills that will give him or her confidence at home and out in the world.