Toddlers (ages 18 months to 3 years)   

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Children between 18 months and 3 years of age join the Toddler community, where basic motor coordination, independence, and language development are fostered and the individual personality is respected. School materials also focus on development of gross and fine motor skills. Children are guided through potty-training in this environment.

Enrollment options for the Toddler program include 2 (Th, F), 3 (M, T, W), or 5 (M-F) days a week. They may also be enrolled for half-, full-, or all-day programs. The Half Day program meets 9-11:45 a.m. The Full Day program meets 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The All Day program meets 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Extended care options are also available.

Children start learning the day they are born. 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 grow 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 within 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.

Support Services
MIR has an on-site Student Services team for children who need additional support in meeting their developmental milestones. Teachers work with parents to identify these needs and create a support plan if necessary. Families who enroll their toddlers at MIR are automatically given an "Ages & Stages Questionnaire" to help them get a complete picture of their child's development.

MIR's teachers are highly trained and have more than 75 years combined of experience working with toddlers.

If you are interested in our Toddler program, please be aware that this is a school, not a childcare program. We follow a school-year calendar, with a standard school holiday schedule and closures for necessary staff training and class preparation.

"Children's experiences during their first five years are more consequential than we ever thought
."--Nobel Prize winner and University of Chicago EconomicsĀ Professor James Heckman.

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