Montessori Discovery School

Toddler Program

18 Months-36 Months

 Toddlers are Movers: They are the original explorers, absorbing information from their environment and using it to create themselves. They thirst for experiences and gather information through their senses. Montessori is all about offering real, meaningful tasks for children that they want to accomplish. Our Montessori program is designed to meet the needs of your developing toddler.

 Movement: Our carefully prepared toddler environment offers these little explorers everything they need to gain mastery of physical skills. Stepping, climbing, balancing and other gross motor lessons balance with fine motor skill development through bead stringing, pouring, spooning and other practical life materials.


Independence: One of a toddler’s main drive is independence. They are hardwired to “do it myself”. They learn to walk, talk, eat table food, and self-toilet all in these early years. With guidance from Montessori-trained adults, your toddler will lay the foundation for feelings of adequacy, autonomy, and confidence.



The Mathematical Mind: The Montessori classroom offers toddlers lots of opportunities to sort items by color, shape and size which quickly leads to counting these “sets.” Children begin associating the number’s name with the quantity it represents and then to the symbol that links them.



Expressive Language: Montessori identified the period of birth to six years as the sensitive period for acquiring language, with birth to three being the time for acquiring spoken language. At MDS we encourage language development by providing a language-enriched environment for toddlers to explore and discover!

Community: Montessori lessons in grace and courtesy pave the way as your child moves from home to school to the broader community. From parallel play to cooperative play, children want to engage with each other. Montessori social lessons range from how to ask to join in play, how to wait for the answer, how to ask for help, and how to say “no” gracefully. Children learn to respond with care and respect. Young ones learn to name their feelings and nurture their empathy for the feelings of others. Group activities help children develop social skills. Toddlers love to sing, dance, and experiment. They learn how to take turns, follow directions and lead. Our focus on effective communication begins with our youngest students.

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School Year Program and 8-week Summer Session is offered for current MDS students or those who are joining us in the summer and continuing for the upcoming school year.

Children attend half days (8:30 – 11:30) or full days (8:30 – 3:00) and may arrive at 7:30 and/or stay until 4:00 for an additional extended hours charge. Our Toddler program is five days per week. Our 8-week summer program hours are 8:30 – 3:00.

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Our Mission:

Our Montessori Discovery School community nurtures joyful learners who confidently engage their world.