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Santa Monica Montessori School Providing excellence in education since 1960

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We provide a beautiful environment year around for our two year olds to explore and develop at their individual pace. The children will continue to work on socialization, toileting, and using the Montessori materials. These materials help the children gain independence, increase hand-eye coordination, and develop a positive self-image. The children will also be doing weekly art projects, cooking, and outdoor play.

This stage of life is characterized by tremendous physical and cognitive growth. Toddlers learn by exploring rich environments with their five senses and having active interaction with adults.

You've experienced this when your child unexpectedly runs toward something new and exciting, or stops to point to every bug, flower, twig, piece of dirt, tree, animal, and unexplained gooey thing on a walk.

Toddlers also have a driving, inborn need to be independent. They are aware that they don't have the skills but they sure are willing to try. Maria Montessori said "No one can be free unless he is independent: therefore, the first, active manifestations of the child's individual liberty must be so guided that through this activity he may arrive at independence."

The Montessori Toddler classroom provides a safe, home-like environment for your child to learn to care for themselves and others and to become independent. The work is tailored to the child's natural development, and they do it joyfully.

Language development -- Each class is rich with materials that help your child increase their vocabulary and communication abilities. Plenty of one-on-one work with teachers offers constant opportunity for active conversation to build their verbal skills.

Gross motor development -- Children need to move, and the class welcomes and encourages this movement. Class materials, physical education, dancing, music, and free play all help your child grow stronger and more coordinated.

Fine motor development -- These skills involve small muscles in the fingers, hands, and wrists and support your child's ability to dress and feed themselves, write, and more. Class materials provide many opportunities to practice these movements in different, engaging ways.

Social and emotional development -- Your child will develop independence, self-control, and care of self and others under the patient guidance of the teachers. They are given freedom with clear limits to practice appropriate behaviors and learn how to be part of a community.

Cognition and learning -- Your child's daily experiences build the neural connections needed for a solid foundation for learning. The Montessori environment is designed to encourage the exploration and freedom your child needs to build these connections.

Dr. Maria Montessori, the Italian educator and scientist who, more than 100 years ago, developed the system of education that bears her name, knew that during the period from birth to age 3, your child’s brain develops more rapidly than at any other time, and more learning takes place than at any other stage of development. Yet many parents don’t seek out formal education until their children have passed the toddler age.

Recognizing the importance of these formative years, the Montessori approach to infant and toddlers supports starting earlier than that.

In a Montessori environment, your infant or toddler will be with teachers—loving, nurturing, and rigorously trained in child development—who create peaceful, supportive, and safe environments for our youngest children. In these spaces, a child’s natural passion for wonder, curiosity, exploration, and discovery comes alive.