“The goal of early education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.” – Maria Montessori
The child between ages 18 months and 3 years old is exploring the world through movement and activity. The Mildenhall Montessori Young Peoples’ Community at High Park Gardens is a balanced environment that excites curiosity, and promotes physical, cognitive, and emotional development. The environment is nurturing, stimulating, safe, and lovely, intentionally designed with the furnishings and space arranged to be easily accessible to small bodies and hands.
The primary aim of the Montessori YPC is increased independence and natural gradual separation from the primary caregiver. This is accomplished through focus in the environment on tasks specific to:
- Care of self
- Care of the environment
- Development of hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills
- Development of vocabulary, language skills
- Development of grace and courtesy
The wide reaching curriculum is described in more detail here.
Lengthy work cycles enable children to make independent choices about activities and develop and experience deep concentration. Through success they build confidence and self esteem.
This is a special time of life for our children. Our children are making remarkable developmental gains on a daily basis. Their interaction with the environment is driven by their own curiosity and interests. This allows for a natural experience of concentration, motivation, and spontaneous joy.
The teachers who care for them during the day are specifically trained to teach in the Montessori Toddler environment and have particular knowledge about developmental needs of children this age. A very small teacher-student ratio of 1:5 ensures that each child is given the care he or she needs, while also allowing for individual exploration and initiative.
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