“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. At no other age has the child greater need of an intelligent help.” Dr. Maria Montessori
Recent psychological studies based on controlled research have confirmed these theories. The Montessori method addresses this need within the toddler community, with a well proven program that is designed to guide and encourage the child’s curiosity.
The Toddler Program is a prepared environment which provides for the physical, psychological and developmental needs of the child under three. The materials used provide the child the opportunity to learn through movement and exploration.
At Westside Montessori emphasis is placed on gross and fine motor skills, sensorial, language and social development. Toilet training is part of the program. The environment is arranged specially for, and corresponds to, the growing developmental needs of the child.
More than just a classroom, Westside Montessori offers a caring, nurturing social community in which the child learns to participate in a cooperative group and is guided along the path of independence and, thereby, freedom.
About the age of 36 months (3 years) the child exhibits signs of readiness for the next 3 year cycle of Montessori learning. When the child is ready to progress, the Toddler Directress will conference with the parents.