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By: La Jolla Montessori School
"The toddler program is for children aged 18-36 months. During this most impressionable time, students are focused on socialization, toileting, independence, and self-care," Kelly McFarland, M.Ed., and Director, says. "LJMS teachers and assistants are highly educated and trained in the Montessori Method—a major reason why parents should consider enrolling here."
"In the toddler program, practical life skills like working with water, food, and child-sized challenges allow children to extend themselves and learn to do by and for themselves.
Our Method gives children confidence to explore and not be afraid to fail," she says.
In the classroom, you'll see many 'manipulatives' to help each child build his or her fine motor skills, language skills and mathematics.
Daily Toddler Timetable
"Each morning begins with sixty to ninety minutes of projects followed by snack and circle time," McFarland says. "During the late morning, you'll see our youngest students singing or listening to a story. Then, they enjoy our playground for ½ hour and prepare for the lunchtime meal. After lunch, they either go home or take a nap."
A core Montessori Method philosophy is that making mistakes is okay. In our Primary program, each child gets his or her lessons individually from their teacher. Then, teachers observe each student going at his or her own pace to determine what needs to challenge them.
"As a result, kids learn to love the process of learning, making mistakes and trying again to build success and confidence,"
"The LJMS Primary Program continues through Kindergarten and each student will be ready for First Grade. Every day until that time, we work together to build a love for reading, math, geography and science…and, at each child's own pace," McFarland said.
LJMS features English/Spanish language immersion classes which are designed to build verbal fluency by Kindergarten. Children learn lessons—first in English, then in Spanish. "Learning a foreign language is easier when children's brains are just taking off," McFarland says. "They just sort of matter-of-course learn two words for the same object. This bilingual skill comes in handy here in Southern California."
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