Toddler Program (18-36 months)
Our Toddler classrooms are designed to meet the independent and curious nature of a toddler, allowing them to freely explore in a beautiful, carefully prepared, age-appropriate environment.
With our core principles as our guide, our Montessori classroom allow each toddler the opportunity to:
- Strengthen language skills
- Practice gross and fine motor skills
- Develop independence and confidence
- Practice social skills and caring for others
- Explore music, movement and literature
At age 18 months – 3 years, children are actively searching for knowledge about their environment. They are especially interested in asserting their independence. Independence is a large part of our toddler classroom—and is encouraged by allowing the child to choose a variety of activities that he or she can accomplish with success. With much love and guidance, our program allows these little people to explore and gain the independence they seek through a variety of age appropriate activities.
Our teachers give toddlers responsive individualized attention to help them build their skills in five essential areas:
- Sensory and Perception
- Gross and Fine Motor skills
- Social and Emotional Growth
Art in our classroom is used in a variety of ways. At the most basic level art will teach the child to use a pencil and draw lines from top to bottom and left to right. Many of the exercises placed on the practical life shelves are artistic in nature. They often include cutting, weaving, sewing, and stencils. Throughout the school year the children are exposed to an assortment of mediums, artists, and styles of art. The children’s art work is show cased in the Curious Child annual art show for all to see.
Both Toddler and Primary Montessori school classrooms prepare many of their own daily snacks. One day a week, each classroom prepares a more extensive snack. Allowing children to explore in the kitchen inspires creativity and can also expose them to new foods they may have never tried. Exposure to the kitchen also teaches the children about tools we use in the kitchen, they learn about the clean up process and how to act with grace and courtesy. At our school we truly believe learning to prepare food is stimulating and allows children to explore different interests as well as work in a creative community setting.
All of the teachers at Curious Child Montessori Omaha preschool enjoy working in the garden and understand the need for children to work and play in nature. Children participate in planting the gardens, weed picking, watering from the rain barrels, and learning the various techniques of composting. The summer’s bounty is shared by all at snack time throughout the summer and fall.
Music & Movement
Music and Movement and Yoga classes are presented once per week to both toddler and primary classrooms during the school year. During this class children are encouraged to explore different types of movement and dance styles.