The Pre-Primary (or Toddler) level was new to MSM in the 2014-2015 school year, and we are having so much fun with our Toddlers!
The main focus of the Pre-Primary curriculum is social/emotional development, language skills, gross and fine motor control, extended concentration, independence, potty training, and preparation for the Primary level.
We started with eleven Toddlers, and our program has grown so popular that we now have twenty-four Toddlers in our program. Children must be between 24-36 months of age when starting school. Our team consists of three Infant/Toddler Montessori trained teachers and three assistants, creating a 1:4 adult/child ratio. (The ratio required by VDSS is 1:8.)
The Toddlers enjoy time in the classroom with materials, including Montessori Toddler materials, art materials, imaginative play, and gross motor play. They learn to prepare their snack and other foods, to cooperate with their friends, take turns, and follow the directions for the group. They play on the playground every day, a smaller playground with smaller equipment than the playground for Primary-Elementary.
They also enjoy group time with the Music, Physical Education, and Spanish teachers.
Toddlers can participate in the morning program only, or also stay for Extended Day which includes nap (until 3:30), and Aftercare (until 5:30). Students who stay past the morning session have lunch and take a nap.