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The Toddler Environment


Recognizing the immense importance of the first three years in a child's life, as emphasized by Maria Montessori, we are dedicated to creating an environment that enables them to reach their fullest potential. At the Beverly Hills Academy Montessori Toddler Classroom, we surpass mere environmental provision and strive for excellence in early childhood education. The activities within this environment primarily focus on Practical Life, Movement and Language. 

Practical Life – Practical Life activities can be categorized into four areas: Care of the Person, Care of the Environment, Food Preparation, and Grace and Courtesy. These activities are designed to foster the development of order, concentration, coordination, and independence. The skills acquired in Practical Life have long-lasting benefits, providing children with a solid foundation for lifelong learning and growth.

Movement –

The activities in this area contribute to the development of both gross and fine motor skills. Movement is recognized as crucial for learning, as it facilitates the formation of neurological connections. In a toddler classroom, the environment is designed to allow for easy movement.

The Sensorial activities focus on refining the senses. In a toddler setting, these activities promote visual and auditory discrimination, as well as enhance the senses of touch, smell, and taste. The materials used are concrete, enabling children to "see with their hands." Young children learn primarily through their senses, so it is essential for them to engage with and manipulate the materials provided.

Language – These activities play a vital role in vocabulary and verbal communication development. From an early age, children are immersed in language and its workings. Therefore, being in an environment that provides correct language usage and grammar is crucial. Adults can support language development by providing children with the necessary words, introducing new vocabulary, consistently naming objects, and encouraging verbal expression instead of non-verbal communication.

Beyond these language-focused aspects, the Montessori Toddler Classroom fosters a sense of belonging and purpose. The environment is exclusively dedicated to serving the children, making them feel valued and included. It teaches them the importance of responsibility and instills a sense of purpose in their lives. Unlike adults who simply admire their environment, children actively absorb and internalize the elements of their surroundings.

The Montessori Toddler Classroom is thoughtfully designed to enable children to reach their maximum potential in all aspects of their development.

Our Montessori Toddler Classroom prioritizes the needs of children over adults, creating a unique environment that fosters their development. Upon entering the classroom, you'll notice a serene atmosphere of happy, engaged children. The classroom is equipped with child-sized furnishings and beautiful materials, designed to promote independence and freedom of choice. Each activity in the Montessori Toddler Classroom serves a developmental purpose, preparing children for independent living. This approach, guided by the Montessori Philosophy, supports both emotional and cognitive growth in toddlers.

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