Ages 18 months -3 years
The Toddler environment builds independence, confidence and a love of learning. The Montessori Method follows the lead of the child and their natural desire to learn.
The Montessori Toddler curriculum offers children ages 18 months to 3 years a unique opportunity for self-development in a loving atmosphere. Our environment is specially designed to provide the structure that fulfills the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of a child.
The teachers create a nurturing, inviting and orderly setting referred to as the "prepared environment" to help guide the child. In our community there is a space for movement, individual and group activities.
The program focuses on what Dr. Montessori referred to as the "sensitive periods," which are times of intense fascination for learning particular skills.
Children are encouraged to grow and learn through many practical life activities such as dusting, washing, watering plants, sweeping, preparing food and polishing. Care of self is an important part of the curriculum and includes activities like toileting, washing hands, dressing and taking care of others.
These are real-life activities helping each child to develop self-esteem and independent decision making. These particular activities also help the child to build coordination, independence, order, sensory motor skills, socialization and habits of concentration.
The Grove follows a standard school-year calendar in alignment with CISD. The school is closed during breaks and holidays. Summer camp is offered for an additional fee for most weeks for June and July. Students also bring their own snacks and lunches at all program levels. Due to allergies and food preferences, no food service is offered by The Grove.
"The child’s conquests of independence are the basic steps in what is called his “natural development”. In other words, if we observe natural development with sufficient care, we see that it can be defined as the gaining of successive levels of independence."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
8:00 - 8:15: Arrival