(15 months to 36 months)
Children in the Toddler Community are given opportunities to further develop their independence while engaging in developmentally appropriate learning activities. School hours are from 8:30 to 3:00, Monday through Friday. Before care is offered from 7:30 to 8:30, and after care is offered from 3:00 to 5:30.
The physical environment is arranged to encourage exploration and teach the child to care for himself and his environment. The classroom includes practical life materials, hands-on manipulatives, and activities for language development and self-expression. Children are given opportunities for socialization and communication while learning grace and courtesy. The schedule includes a daily group time as well as a two hour work period with opportunities for pre-academic learning.
Highlands Montessori works with the parents to facilitate the toilet training process. Children are given frequent opportunities for toileting, and independence remains a major focus. After a brief transiton period, children in the Toddler Community wear underwear to help them recognize their bodily functions. Parents must provide an ample supply of clean underwear and spare clothing.
Parents must provide a healthy lunch for their child each day. This lunch must be peanut-free. Toddlers also eat a balanced snack each day.