between the ages of 18 and 30 months can start the Alef Bet Montessori
Toddler Program. Toddlers can attend half-day (9 a.m. to noon), Lunch
Bunch (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or a full-day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) program, 2, 3
or 5 days a week. The classroom is composed of up to 12 students, with
one teacher, one assistant and a Hebrew teacher. The required ratio
for 18-month-olds is 3-1; for children over 2, the ratio is 6-1.
A typical day in our classroom - see pictures
special space is their own peaceful classroom, where they play a
meaningful role in their own care and the care of their classroom
environment. Together they form a community for the purpose of
supporting the children in becoming independent and engaged learners. The
classroom is carefully prepared to meet the unique needs of this age.
All furniture is of a size to allow maximum independence, and the
toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the
children. Social interactions with other children, development of
language skills, care of oneself and the environment, food preparation,
music and movement activities are integral to the Montessori toddler
Every day is exciting and new to a toddler in our
classroom. The teacher is always looking out for the "sensitive
periods" when the child demonstrates an almost obsessive interest in a
particular activity that is essential to his or her growth. Children
may choose to water the plants, help prepare a snack, paint a picture,
or any “work” from an array of activities offered in the classroom. An
engaged child, who makes an independent choice, can develop
concentration skills and self-confidence.
Alef Bet Montessori
strongly supports an open, supportive relationship between teachers and
parents. Daily communication, formal conferences and parent education
classes contribute to an atmosphere in which each child can realize his
or her full potential.
Do you have a baby at home ages 0 - 3 years of age?Check Aid To Life - Here are some Montessori principles for supporting a child's development; freely available to all parents in a way that is both simple to understand and simple to apply. Click here.