2 to 3 Year Old Program

The Magic-Garten

misc_index4The objectives of Belleair Montessori’s toddler program are to assist children as they fulfill the basic human tasks of trust, separation, independence and self-control. The focus is both on curriculum and materials and on helping the toddler respond to the rapid and conflicting changes of this developmental age.

In a Montessori toddler environment, the child develops feelings of support, security and self-esteem. Children are guided toward appropriate behaviors through a non-judgmental atmosphere that offers consistency; children come to understand the balance between freedom and limits. Toddlers need to know that they are safe, both physically and emotionally and that they are loved for who they are. The comfort and reassurance of caring adults is never far away.

Most toddlers quickly adjust to the Montessori environment.  Nature assists by offering him/her an insatiable curiosity and a boundless enthusiasm for activity. Out of this newly discovered freedom of movement, there eventually comes a flourishing of concentration on an enticing activity. Despite minor distractions, children focus and engage in hands-on activity, music and song, group time and participate both in the daily care of their class and in their own personal care. Patience, self-control and respect of peers emerge as children participate in community life.

The goal of the early childhood environment is to cultivate a child’s own natural desire to learn. So we encourage children to experience choice and decision making, which empower them with intrinsic motivation and self-discipline and strengthen their ability to think and act for themselves. We guide each child to “do it by myself”, thus fulfilling the child’s basic need for independence. Additionally, by helping children believe that they are capable, competent and confident, we help create positive attitudes toward learning that last a lifetime.