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Toddler (12 months to 3 Years)

Toddler ProgramThe Toddler program, for children 12 months to 3 years, takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. Banyan Montessori Academy advances each child's growth and development through a rich and well prepared environment designed just for toddlers. The classroom is a special place for the young child to begin his/her steps towards independence and self-reliance.

Dedicated, nurturing and trained teachers implement a toddler designed curriculum to foster cognitive development, speech and language development, strengthen fine motor and gross motor skills, introduce grace and courtesy lessons, and promote independence. An important part of a toddler’s developing independence is learning to care for himself/herself by washing hands and putting on shoes and jackets.

Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. Classroom materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. Activities are changed regularly in response to each child's need for variety and challenge as the child grows and learns. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to school. Toddlers come to school five days a week, and may choose to stay for mornings-only , extended-morning or a full day.Before and after care available. Upon completion of the Toddler program, children join our Primary program.

Toddler Curriculum:

Peace Education

Peace making and conflict resolution are a daily part of the Montessori curriculum. The Peace shelf is full of lovely, interesting and calming objects from around the world, like music boxes, smooth stones, or tiny flowers, for children to touch and hold. There may be a mirror, so children can see how they look when they experience different emotions, and books with peaceful messages. At the Peace Table teachers help children to be good listeners and forge mutually agreeable solutions to conflicts through a peace bear and peace rose. It is also a place where children can choose to go to enjoy a peaceful moment alone.

Grace and Courtesy

In our classrooms, children and adults take care to be gracious toward and courteous of one another. This area of the curriculum encourages respect for oneself, for other members of the community, for the living things in the classroom, and for the environment. Carrying things carefully, returning them to their place so others may use them, moving gracefully and carefully, using polite and respectful language, showing consideration to others, good table manners, properly introducing oneself, and interrupting politely are all part of the lessons in Grace and Courtesy.

Every day Living

This area forms the cornerstone of the Montessori classroom and prepare the child for all other areas. The emphasis is on process rather than on product. Through the repetition of Every day living activities, children develop and refine the basic skills that will serve them all their lives. The Toddler classroom offers the early Every day living exercises, such as Pouring, Opening and Closing, Spooning, Bead Stringing, Polishing and Large Water Activities. These activities are aimed at enhancing the child’s development of fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, balance, sense of order, concentration and independence.

Sensorial

Young children learn through their senses, they begin to take in and understand the world around them through their senses. Sensorial activities assist Toddlers in the great task of organizing, integrating and learning about their sensory input. Sensorial materials include Knobbed Cylinders for practice with dimension, Pink Cubes, Color tablets, tactile exercises like Rough and Smooth, Musical Equipment, Sorting and Shapes, olfactory exercises like sound matching, gustatory exercises like distinguishing smells etc.

Math

Math exercises in our toddler classroom , encourages the development of important pre-math skills such as order, sequence, visual discrimination, sorting, one-to-one correspondence and directionality. Toddler Math activities include stacking and nesting cubes, number blocks and puzzles, and sorting and counting materials, and sand paper numerals.

Language

The Language materials in the Toddler classroom encourage the refinement and enrichment of language as the first steps on the road to writing and finally reading. Early Language materials and oral exercises like storytelling and reading aloud support the toddler’s need to be immersed in language. Activities include books, puzzles, naming objects like fruits, vegetables and animals, and beginning sound games. Toddlers are exposed to wide variety of rhymes and songs and finger plays which aids in language development and building vocabulary.

Spanish

Toddler and Primary children are exposed to the sounds and rhythms of the Spanish language through games, songs, and activities. Lessons initially include counting, colors, and basic vocabulary.

Music

Toddlers and Primary children enjoy music classes learning concepts such as beat, meter, and rhythm. Introduced to different types of musical instruments.Toddlers learn to use their bodies with the rhythm of the music.

Gross Motor

Children are provided with a perfect natural environment to develop their large motor skills. Toddlers are guided into nature walks, explorations and fun.

Community Service

Children learn about our responsibility to the community at large and learn from their experiences with others. As a school with parent involvement and child awareness we raise funds to support any needed child during the holiday season, and children help to buy and gift wrap gifts. The school also supports Cancer fund raisers where students sell books, lemonade etc to raise funds. We conduct fund raisers to help educate underprivileged children.
6215 Canton Center Rd, Suite 305, Canton, MI 48187. Phone: 734-756-8774. Email: shiva@banyanmontessori.com

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