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Toddler Program
(18 to 30 Months Old)
Early Childhood Education at Guelph Montessori School

Our toddler community provides an environment which is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age group. Our classroom accommodates children 18 to 30 Months Old with one teacher for every five students. At GMS we are dedicated to providing outstanding early childhood education for families of Guelph and area.

In this setting the children come to feel the classroom is their own peaceful, special space where they play a meaningful role in their own care and the care of their environment. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence, and the Montessori toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children.

Taught by a certified Montessori toddler teacher, the program for the youngest group at GMS acknowledges that a child's mind is most absorbent during the first three years of life. Because of what Dr. Maria Montessori termed "the absorbent mind", children develop many language and motor skills without formal instruction, as long as their environment is rich with learning opportunities. Outstanding early childhood education paves the way for future learning.

The primary goal of our Montessori toddler early childhood education program at Guelph Montessori School is to create a nurturing and secure environment where young children can do what they do best - explore everything!

The main focus is language and motor development, assisting the child in developing self-help skills (including toilet-training), and helping children build trust in relationships.

The entire toddler environment is designed to allow the children to explore and to develop concentration and coordination. The teachers observe the children each day and monitor their development and readiness.

Social interaction, language skills, independence, food preparation, music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler experience.