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Academics
Toddler House

Montessori Curriculum for Toddlers

List of 12 items.

  • Curriculum Overview

    Our Montessori based Toddler House curriculum supports the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of each child. Toddlers strengthen speech and language development and both fine and gross motor skills as they explore self, family and the world in which they live.
     
    The Toddler House program prepares children for preschool work by exposing them to each area of Inly's Montessori curriculum. The toddlers learn concentration, coordination, language skills, responsibility and respect—all of which prepare them well for a successful transition into preschool.
  • Language

    The most important language materials for a toddler are the materials and experiences in the child's environment. Reinforcing the importance of verbal communication, speaking clearly, and supporting the child's expanding vocabulary are a daily process in the toddler environment. For the toddler, written language is experienced through the adult's oral reading and story time.

    Pre-reading
    • Matching cards
    • Vocabulary cards
    • Stories read aloud
    • Size and shape discrimination exercises
    • Picture-word cards

    Word recognition
    • Labeling and naming
  • Math

    Maria Montessori believed that a child's mind is mathematical and based on the order and perceptual awareness found in the development of the senses. The acquisition of mathematical principles is seen as developing logically from concrete to abstract and simple to complex. The child who has experienced basic concepts involved with the practical life and sensorial materials progresses naturally to the beginning math activities. We make this enjoyable by providing these every day activities:

    Counting activities (1-4 and 1-10)
    • Counting songs
    • Counting fingers, animals, children, objects in the environment, etc.

    Concept of Time
    • Daily routine
    • Periods of the day (morning, afternoon, evening)
    • Seasons
  • Science

    Science for the toddler means activities where the child can directly observe and manipulate physical properties. The tactile element is the key ingredient for learning about their world. Appropriate science activities for toddlers allow for the maximum child interaction and minimal adult intervention. These activities make a significant contribution to the child's development because they foster autonomous functioning.
     
    Life Science
    • Plant care
    • Animal care
    • Nature walks
    • Living v. nonliving
    • Life cycles
     
    Physical Science
    • Sink and float activities
    • Gravity
    • Magnetic v. nonmagnetic
    • Color mixing
    • Weight/balance
     
    Earth Science
    • Water properties
    • Weather/seasons
    • Oceans
    • Rocks
     
    Scientific reasoning and technology
    • Observation
    • Measures
  • World Language: Spanish

    The Toddler Spanish program is designed to expose young students to a second language. Toddlers enjoy singing and movement in small groups led by their Spanish teacher, with a focus on learning:
     
    •    Numbers
    •    Body parts
    •    Songs
    •    Animals
  • Cultural Studies

    Inly presents a school-wide, three-year rotation of content so special events such as cultural festivals, assemblies, field trips, and reading lists can be thematically planned for the whole school. Each year, a central question is posed and each level has its own sub-questions that focus the lessons and studies. Each level delves into the year's subject according to its appropriate developmental capabilities. The toddlers, who are in that environment for one or, perhaps, two years, may touch on all three subjects in the course of a year.
     
    Year One: Ancient Civilizations
    •    The school-wide central question is "How and why were ancient civilizations created?"
    •    The toddler focus is "Where do we come from?" "Why do we tell stories?" and "Is every story about me?"
     
    Year Two: American Civilization
    •    The school-wide central question is "How and why has American civilization changed?
    •    The toddler focus is "How have I changed?" "What is family?" "What did my grandparents do when they were children?" "What does peace feel like?"
     
    Year Three: World Civilizations
    •    The school-wide central question is "How and why do world civilizations connect?"
    •    The toddler focus is "Who am I?" "How am I the same or different from others?" "How many people are in the world?" "What do they look like?"
  • Practical Life

    In the Montessori curriculum, Practical Life materials and exercises are designed to contribute to the development of both fine and gross motor skills. They also assist the child in becoming self-efficient and independent.
     
    Physical skills
    •    Control of movement
    •    Silence game
    •    Walking the line
     
    Respect and care of environment
    •    Squeezing a sponge
    •    Sweeping the floor
    •    Pouring grains and water
    •    Clamping clothespins
    •    Rolling a rug
    •    Using tools such as hammers and screwdrivers
    •    Opening and closing jar lids
    •    Opening and closing latches
    •    Using a strainer, beater, whisk
    •    Scrubbing a shell, rock, doll
    •    Caring for animals
    •    Recycling
     
    Grace, courtesy and etiquette
    •    Greeting someone
    •    "Please" and "Thank you"
    •    Walking around the rug
    •    Shaking hands
     
    Independence
    •    Care of person
    •    Hanging up coat
    •    Hanging up backpack
    •    Dressing themselves
    •    Putting on coat (the coat flip)
    •    Washing hands
    •    Wiping nose
    •    Health and safety
    •    Nutrition and food preparation
     
    Community service
    •    Weekly collections during February’s month of service
  • Sensorial

    A vital component of the Montessori curriculum, sensorial lessons stimulate, educate and refine the child's senses. Sensorial materials are designed to simplify learning and awareness of the environment by: 
     
    • isolating the senses at different levels of difficulty
    • encouraging mastery through repetition
    • possessing self-correction within the material
    • presenting an attractive appearance to the child 

    Sensorial lessons for Toddlers include:
     
    Auditory Sense (Hear)
    • Listening to different bird calls
    • Listening for planes flying by
    • Exploring different instruments and the sounds they make
    • Noticing the difference between different bells
    • Practicing silence 

    Tactile Sense (Touch)
    • Feeling different fabrics (matching)
    • Touching the parts of the flower
    • Feeling the different greens of winter 

    Stereognostic Sense (The pleasure which children derive from the recognition of objects by touching their forms and envisioning the shape of that object)
    • Placing objects from nature in a mystery bag and the child is to guess what they are touching.
    • Matching objects through touch 

    Baric Sense (Weight)
    • Carrying lug jugs around the classroom
    • Basket of heavy and light objects 

    Thermic Sense (Temperature)
    • Learning more about temperature throughout the seasons
    • What do we wear when it is hot out?
    • What do we wear when it is cold outside?
    • How does snow occur? Why does it melt when it is inside? 

    Olfactory Sense (Smell)
    • Smelling the herbs from our garden
    • Smelling the greens in the winter
    • Smelling the flowers in our room 

    Gustatory Sense (Taste)
    • Tasting different foods at snack
    • Tasting the foods from our garden
    • Drinking flavored water from the herbs in our garden
  • Visual Arts

    Our Visual Arts program is designed to foster creativity, problem-solving and self-expression as it relates to each child's level of development. At all levels, but especially in the Toddler program, the emphasis is on the artistic process rather than the product. 
     
    The Toddler curriculum focuses on the exploration of different materials.
  • Movement Arts

    In keeping with Inly’s holistic mission, the Movement Arts program guides all children along the path to lifetime physical fitness. The benefits of this journey are many: health, longevity, positive body image, improved overall self-esteem and increased energy and concentration in all areas. All students from Toddler through Middle School participate regularly in Movement Arts classes and activities.
     
    At each level, the program is responsive to the needs and interests of the children, and the ultimate goal is the joyful discovery of movement and its benefits, both physical and psychological. It is designed to benefit all children, not just those with particular interest or talent in this area. We take care to keep the emphasis on fitness and fun, as opposed to individual superiority of skills.

    Toddler Classes
    • Rolling, jumping, bending, stretching...movement is fun and exploration is exciting!
  • Music

    Our Music program combines individual and group work with lessons designed to appeal to a variety of learning styles. In addition, we schedule numerous opportunities to build community through performances, field trips and assemblies.
     
    Toddler Classes
    • Repetitive songs
    • Echo songs
    • Singing in unison
  • Library

    There is no formal library or technology instruction at the Toddler level. Instead, toddlers have their own library in their classroom, which teachers change weekly with thematic ideas and seasons. Story time is an integral part of the daily experience in the Toddler classroom.
     
    The Inly Library is available to all our families and has a robust collection of picture books for toddlers, as well as parenting books and books on Montessori methods and philosophy. We encourage our Toddler families to visit the Inly Library after school and check out materials.

Curriculum Map: Toddler House