Infants, Toddlers & Young Montessorians
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the child’s brain develops more rapidly during the period from birth to age 3 than at any other time, allowing more learning to take place than any other stage of development.
At Montessori Academy of Broward, we understand and appreciate the importance of these formative years and the great benefits that Montessori provides to the developing child.
Our Infant and Toddler classroom will foster the child’s natural desire for learning, their self-confidence, and the intrinsic motivation that they will need to become lifelong learners and peaceful beings who will make great contributions to our society and world.
Infants & Toddlers
The Montessori Academy Infant program begins from 8 weeks through 18 months. Our Toddlers program caters to children 18 months to 2 1/2 years.
Enrichment activities such as Spanish, Yoga, gymnastics, art, and music are offered daily.
The Classroom Environment
The MAB Infant and Toddler classroom is a loving, nurturing, and supportive environment specially designed for the young child. This is where the child’s natural passion for exploration, curiosity, discovery, and learning comes alive.
The environment is a calm, organized, and uncluttered space where children can freely explore and learn. The practical life area or daily living offers activities such as grasping, transferring objects, using spoons, tongs, and other tools. These activities are introduced to the child considering his/her capacity and readiness.
How We Teach and Learn
The Montessori trained teacher prepares the environment to promote the child’s growth in all areas of development. The first years of life lay the foundation for future learning. Children learn by observation and through the experiences offered in this environment.
Daily observations allow the teacher to offer activities to the individual child based on abilities and interests. Through the manipulation of the Montessori materials infants and toddlers will develop many skills such as language, visual discrimination, concentration, and coordination of movements. All activities are designed to benefit the child to acquire independence, order, and cognitive development.
Large motor activities that include walking, running, jumping, or climbing, are developed through experiences inside and outside of the classroom.
Special attention is dedicated to the language development of the child, teachers sing songs, read books, recite poems, name objects, describe pictures, and emphasize actions and intentions.
The interaction in the classroom with teachers and other students develop the social and emotional skills by learning to communicate, respect, share, and interact in a positive manner with other children, laying the foundation for compassion, acceptance, and fruitful relationships In the future.
How We Teach and Learn
Sharing the same principals of the Toddler level—the intrinsic motivation, the development of independence, a love for learning and individualized instruction—these Young Montessorians work to satisfy their curiosity developing order, concentration, coordination, and independence.
Through the manipulation of the specific Montessori materials, students gain confidence while honing fine and gross motor skills, language, as well as refining their visual, tactile, auditory, and stereognostic senses.
A great emphasis is placed on the learning of phonics since this will lay the foundation for early reading at the preschool level.
Daily enrichment subjects such as Spanish, Yoga, Science, Music, Dress up, and Drama are taught to the students.
The core subjects include:
- Practical Life