Our Parent Toddler Program is the ideal introduction for your 18mth old to the Montessori curriculum, right up until they are ready for our Cycle 1 class at 3 years. It is also a wonderful opportunity for parents and carers to have a handson experience of the Montessori philosophy of education in action!
The children, each with a parent or carer, come for 2 hours, one morning a week, in an environment especially set up to foster the child’s growing independence. Children and parents alike are usually thrilled and excited when they first enter our beautiful Scribbly Gum classroom, as they discover it contains only child-sized furniture and activities that match the size of the children and their stages of development.
The children are immediately comfortable, as all work is set out in such a way that children can use the materials with the minimum of adult assistance. The adults are pleased to see the pride their small children take in achieving tasks by themselves. The result is children who become enthusiastic learners and who approach each new problem and situation with energy, excitement and a sense of “self belief”.
The Parent Toddler Program works across the 5 curriculum areas of Sensorial, Practical Life, Mathematics, Language and Culture.
Is the Parent Toddler Program the same as a Playgroup?
Unlike playgroups, which are usually purely social opportunities for both child and parent, the Parent Toddler Program is an enjoyable two hours specifically designed to cater for the child’s urge towards independence and to develop faith in their own capabilities.
Book a tour today to see what our program can offer your child.
Language Tray (Language)
Cloth Washing (Practical Life)
Language Tray (Language)With a thirst for new words and a desire to communicate with your family, language is rich in this environment. We offer the experience of real objects before introducing pictures. When your child has seen and held the object and knows its name, it is time to show pictures for matching. For example, we provide the opportunity to learn that the Rooster and Hen have a chick and that all kitchen utensils, reptiles, forest animals, fruits, vehicles, tools etc. have a name.
Cloth Washing (Practical Life)A favourite activity for your child in the toddler class usually involves water! Water is always accessible at sinks just the right height for your toddler. What a joy to walk back and forth carrying pitchers of water to the cloth washing table. Perfecting movement as each drop is spilt and working out how to spill less next time is encouraged. But then the thrill of getting the mop and cleaning the spill creates another purposeful task as your child feels truly valuable to the community.
Puzzles (Sensorial)As your toddler explores the environment and becomes aware of shapes and colours we match this interest with the love of putting things into containers and introduce puzzles. Knobbed puzzles are found in Montessori schools as the handling of the knob develops the pincer grip that prepares for later writing while the puzzle supports the need to problem solve. At CMS your child is introduced to one piece knobbed puzzles at 18 months building up to the challenge and satisfaction of constructing simple jigsaws.