Pre-Toddlers

A Toddler Class: Walking – 17 months 


Meet our Pre-Toddler Teacher!

MRA Toddler Class

During the infant to re toddler’s years of life, your child develops more rapidly than at any other time. At this stage, your child will absorb large amounts of information from the environment through observation and experience. These are the years that laid the foundation for later learning, and if the foundation is strong, the child can build more on it. In our beloved classroom setting, we promote and enhance your child’s independence—plenty of floor space for kids to move and explore while preparing for toddler class. We use books, rhymes, and poems to promote their vocabulary. The open environment is also beneficial. We have activities that allow them to climb freely and guide them a short distance. And, in all our programs, we make learning fun!

Pre-toddler programs provide lessons that emerge from each child’s unique skills and interests. Based on daily observations, teachers introduce new materials and activities that increase curiosity and stimulate learning. Learning goals for your child at this age will develop skills such as language, concentration, problem-solving, visual discrimination, and physical coordination.

Daily Schedule of Pre-Toddlers Class:

The routine of daily life is the foundation for Montessori infant and toddler activities. We lead each child towards a more structured and organized program to provide continuous feeding and rest time. Activities promote independence, coordination, and concentration and contribute to social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. These learning activities are:

  • Self-care: Washing, dressing, toilet, and eating according to each child’s ability
  • Environmental care: cleaning, food preparation, and food service; Plant care and animal care
  • Large-motor activities: walking, climbing, running, jumping, balance, climbing stairs, and more
  • Fine-motor skills: access, grasping, lifting objects, moving objects, using tools and utensils, making artifacts
  • Language: Naming objects, describing actions and intentions, discussing pictures, dialogue, music, and singing
  • Social skills: Develop dignity by interacting with peers, teachers, and small group games led by adults

Early childhood is a beautiful time to learn and develop!

Plenty of hugs, holding and helping your child develop significant independence through essential self-help skills and explore the world around him. Right now, your child’s brain is overgrowing throughout their lives, giving every moment unique connections. Every learning moment is essential! Our classes design for your child’s individual needs. The Reggie Emilia Curriculum is based on the latest research on child development to help young minds develop. 

1. Social Development 

Especially with children of this age, our caregivers recognize the importance of the behaviors they model. We stress on “please” and “thank you,” follow instructions and consider others. As your child learns about themselves, we provide an appropriate environment to develop positive self-esteem, essential for social development.  In this class, your child will learn how to share toys, make friends, and discover other necessary social and emotional skills.

2. Language/Cognitive Development

Our toddler room reading practice center fill with books, pillows, bean bags, letter cards, puppets, puppet theaters, and flannel boards. A Montessori Reggio Academy has its Language and literacy programs to initiate readiness at an early age. Our teachers work with your children when they acquire vocabulary to express themselves.

3. Encouraging Exploration and Discovery

Our caregivers allow your children to explore and try new things, always making sure they are supported when needed. Each day includes exciting, active learning experiences such as group games and quiet interaction opportunities with teachers and peers.

4. Gross Motor Development

Outdoor exploration is a favorite activity for many toddlers, and our unique toddler’s age and appropriate playgrounds run fun and safe. Our teachers will help your child develop balance and muscle control for soft climbers in the classroom.

Sign Language

The use of sign language in the toddler program helps the child express needs in a non-verbal manner. This can help reduce the frustration level of the child who is in the earliest stages of verbal expression