The toddler environments at Lawrence Montessori School (LMS) cater to the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of each child. Multi-aged classrooms create a unique learning environment in tune with the Montessori philosophy. Our experienced teachers plan and prepare each classroom to ensure that each toddler gets an individualized education according to her/his developmental readiness. The primary focus of our toddler curriculum is independence, fine motor and language development, care of self and environment, and toilet learning.
The human tendency to explore and adapt to the environment by imitation is very high in toddlers. Toddlers learn about their environment through exploration. Our beautifully designed environments lend themselves to activity as the children move, touch, explore and concentrate as they develop independence and self-control. Our spacious and airy classrooms also provide ample opportunities for the fast developing gross motor skills.
As the gross motor development is accelerating, so is the development of spoken language at this age. Our teachers encourage language development by talking to the children, singing songs, reading books and providing real names of objects for recognition and retention on topics which the children can relate to and understand.
Grace and courtesy lessons are taught throughout the day in classroom interactions. Toddlers love order, predictability and security in their environment and our dedicated teachers strive each day to ensure that the classroom routine is maintained and the day is structured with plenty of fun and educational activities.
A significant focus of the toddler environment is the toilet learning process. Toilet learning is linked to the child’s self-esteem, so we provide genuine verbal praise and encouragement. At LMS, we have a carefully planned system of toilet learning to ensure success of each child. Our teachers communicate with the parents closely to ensure progress at home as well.
Montessori environments are multi-aged communities and at LMS we want to ensure that children with different abilities can work cooperatively in one environment. Younger children look up their older classmates and are always observing and internalizing the use of various materials and activities. This type of indirect learning is a daily occurrence in all Montessori environments. It is very impressive to see older toddlers working on an activity in total concentration and a younger classmate standing close by observing the entire activity. On many occasions, when the older child has completed an activity, s/he will offer it to the younger child to work with. Such impressive acts are a daily occurrence in our child directed, multi-aged Montessori classrooms.
Our toddler environments are uniquely designed for children to include a variety of fun activities such as baking, painting, gardening, washing and cleaning which toddlers enjoy. Encouraging them to work on these activities independently satisfies their innate needs. Our orderly and calm environments encourage freedom of choice and repetition and greatly aids in developing self confidence in toddlers.
In addition to our Montessori toddler curriculum, we also offer a variety of enrichment afterschool activities for a well-rounded full day child care program.
We welcome you to visit our toddler communities!
The first essential for the child’s development is concentration.The child who concentrates is immensely happy.
— Dr. Maria Montessori
5005 Legends Drive, Lawrence, KS 66049