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Toddler Education

Age group:  1 ½ to 2 ½ years
Hours:  8.30 – 11 am

Dr Maria Montessori identified the primary sensitive periods of a child from birth to age 3 to be Movement, Language, Orientation to the environment and Order.  The toddler aged child is like a sponge, absorbing knowledge from his environment rapidly and effortlessly. She referred to this stage of development as the period of the Unconscious Absorbent Mind.  Dr Maria Montessori identified this fertile period of cognitive development, and recognized the need for a rich, well prepared environment just for toddlers.   In her observations of children she also saw that they were always moving and always exploring with hands, mouth, eyes and ears. Her conclusion was that movement is the law of the child’s being and the way to his brain is through his hands. Therefore a toddler aged child must be exposed to an environment which is established on the principles of learning through movement and where he can learn to coordinate movement and develop clear sensory impressions through simple hands-on activities.