Toddler Program

Tender 2’s (A Mommy and Me Program for the child 18-36 months)

In the fall of 2012 Village Montessori School at Bluemont added a program to meet the needs of parents of toddlers. In order to be of greater service, we offer families with young ones not yet ready for the 3 to 6 year old class an opportunity to prepare for their Montessori experience. We call this program Tender 2’s.

This class is designed to meet the developmental needs of children18 through 36 months as it gives valuable insight and hands on help to their parents. Parents have opportunity to learn important early childhood principles, uncovered by Maria Montessori. We take these principles from theory to practical application with hands-on help from a Montessori-experienced teacher-guide.

Criteria for Tender 2’s are as follow:

  1. Mother, father, or nanny must be in attendance and FULLY PARTICIPATORY.
  2. Caregivers (parent or nanny) must bring their own toileting/diapering supplies and will be directly responsible for the physical needs of their child during the class.
  3. Child must be 18 to 36 months of age.
    A MINIMUM of 4 students per class.
  4. IF NEW TO THE SCHOOL, PLEASE CALL AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO TOUR THE SCHOOL BEFORE THE CLASS BEGINS.
  5. Please send tuition with application.

Sessions for Winter & Spring 2019

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“Stepping Stones” Montessori Toddler Class

The goal of our Stepping Stones Program is to “help the child help himself” while being introduced to a community where they can explore and develop their independence in a caring and nurturing prepared Montessori environment. Children ages 18 to 36 months develop a sense of self and satisfy their innate curiosity through experiences designed to encourage language development, grace and courtesy, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, and sensorial exploration. The toddler’s strong sense of autonomy is encouraged and self-esteem is enhanced through social experiences in a small class. This is a great time for the toddler to gain self-confidence and trust with peers as well as teachers.

We are always available to help if the child asks. Music, art, cooking, grace and courtesy lessons, and story time are part of the schedule as the child learns to enjoy being part of a community of his peers. Concentration and communication skills grow rapidly in the prepared environment of lessons given one on one. Lessons are designed to help the young child experience order and sequence, setting the stage for later success as they engage in the academic skills of writing, reading, and mathematics. The environment is rich in manipulatives, and your child will be encouraged to touch and explore everything!

Parent Education

Our Stepping Stones staff is always available to lend a helping hand as parents navigate challenging toddler-age experiences, such as toileting and table manners. We work with both parents and children to help the child be successful in their school community, by providing daily lessons on topics such as taking turns, learning to move gracefully in the classroom, and how to find peaceful solutions to disagreements among friends. The Stepping Stones class builds a strong foundation in learning for the young child for all future school and community experiences.