Ages 2-3 years
Between the ages of 2-3, children are eager and ready to learn. Starwood
Montessori School provides an age-appropriate education for toddlers to
promote a gentle transition into our Primary Program. Using tools and
lessons from the Montessori Method, toddlers in our program will have
a great head start in their education as they learn to move, think, and
discover new information independently. We have a warm and welcoming environment
with teachers who are ready to provide guidance and support but our students
are also widely encouraged to be the leader of their education, even at
a young age.
Parents may choose from two, three, or five-day schedules for toddlers
with either half or full days. Regardless of the program chosen, parents
can expect a curriculum that improves concentration, coordination, and
a sense of order while children develop their independence.
Montessori Curriculum for Toddlers
In addition to Sensorial and Practical Life materials, which encourage
concentration and coordination, children in our Toddler Program enjoy
a dynamic curriculum to build foundational skills while embracing their
natural curiosity and high energy. The Toddler classroom allows students
to move freely between lessons and work at his or her own pace.
Oral Language Development – Children, on average, learn hundreds of new vocabulary words and language
skills by the age of 3. Therefore, our teachers promote this natural language
development through rhymes, songs, and activities with fellow students.
Social interaction is highly encouraged as children learn to use language
more effectively. Toddlers are eager to interact, move, and show off their
Reading and Library Lessons – In the Toddler classroom, children have daily access to a small library
of books to enjoy on their own or with the teacher. Toddlers also make
weekly trips to the school library for interactive lessons to get to know
the resources around them.
Mathematic Fundamentals – Toddlers use a variety of materials to build skills like ordering objects
in a sequence, counting, and recognizing patterns to help them succeed
in future mathematical lessons. At the age of 3, children are just beginning
to develop mathematical skills, so hands-on activities are important for
fostering new thinking patterns.
If you are considering a Montessori education for your child, an early
start can be integral in his or her success throughout their Elementary
and Middle School years. To schedule a tour of Starwood Montessori School
and see what happens in our classrooms, call us at (972) 712-8080.
Our preprimary program is designed to provide a gentle transition for children
entering the preschool environment. Through cooperation between parents
and teachers, children are allowed to gradually become comfortable with
their new surroundings and the concept of being separated from their parents
for extended periods of time. The process also serves to build trust between
teachers, parents, and their children, fostering the healthy growth and
development of their learning environment.
Children in this stage of life are particularly sensitive to language development,
sensorial stimuli, and movement. Here they are encouraged to develop physical
coordination, enjoy music and rhythm exploration. Working with the children's
natural tendencies shows them a respect for their childhood, and encourages
them to enjoy learning.
A portion of the indoor environment is set aside for the exploration of
Sensorial and Practical Life materials, designed to aid children in developing
independence, concentration, coordination, and a sense of order as their
mathematical minds begin to take shape in the third year of life. Children's
literature is always available for students to enjoy on their own or with
their teachers. In addition to having daily access to their own classroom
libraries, Toddlers make weekly visits to the school library and participate
in interactive library lessons. Oral language development is encouraged
through songs, rhymes, and social interaction.
Toddlers may attend two, three, or five mornings or full days.