Toddlers (18 Months – 3 Years)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2012 in MAIN IMAGE GALLERY, TMS CURRICULUM | 0 comments

Toddlers (18 Months – 3 Years)
Sensorial Life:

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that, "In order to develop his mind a child must have objects in his environment which he can hear and see. Since he must develop himself through his movements, through the work of his hands, he has need of objects with which he can work that provide motivation for his activity."

The purpose of Sensorial Life at Tas Montessori School is to help each child discover the difference between height, length, weight, colors, sounds, smells, shapes and textures through hands-on materials. They develop an understanding of terms such as bigger, smaller, lighter, darker, louder, etc. Sensorial activities include but are not limited to bead stringing, matching color tablets, working on puzzles, and comparing smooth and rough objects of different sizes.

 

Practical Life:


According to Dr. Maria Montessori, "We must help them to learn how to dress and undress, to wash themselves, to express their needs in a way that is clearly understood, and to attempt to satisfy their desires through their own efforts. All this is part of an education for independence."


The purpose of Practical Life at Tas Montessori School is to instill in the child a sense of order, independence, respect for self, respect for their environment and respect for others. In practical life children acquire skills for self-care such as: pouring, spooning, washing hands, polishing, lacing, opening and closing containers, dressing and undressing using specifically designed materials and etc. All these materials assist the child in gaining a sense of independence. These activities are also aimed at enhancing the child’s development of fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, balance, sense of order, concentration and independence. In this area, children also learn the importance of taking care of their environment by washing tables, sweeping, dusting, etc. Furthermore, grace and courtesy exercises are heavily focused as well, which teach the children to use good manners, move gracefully, and offering a helping hand while also saying “please” and “thank you."

The whole purpose of practical life is for children to explore their natural curiosities and become a fully functional member of society, and develop a healthy self-image.

Math:



At Tas Montessori School we believe that in order for a toddler to completely understand math the toddler must be confronted with the concrete “hands on” materials before dealing with abstract. They are exposed to the world of numbers through counting games and concrete materials such as “sandpaper numbers” which allow the child to "feel" the number symbols. “Spindle boxes” are used to teach the young child the concept of “zero.” Other toddler math activities include, but are not limited to sorting stacking and nesting cubes.

 

 

 
Language:



Toddlers at Tas Montessori School learn language through different interactions which include singing songs, picture puzzles, story time, etc. Montessori materiasl called “sandpaper letters” are introduced to the toddler to help the child learn phonetic sounds of the alphabet. Nomenclature and classified cards are used to enrich and enlarge a child's vocabulary. Through language, toddlers learn how to communicate and express their feelings.

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