Toddler Program

A Strong Foundation for the Creation of the Self

The Montessori toddler program is focused on nurturing a young child’s budding independence and growing sense of self. Teachers work with children on sensory-motor development, vocabulary and early communication, toileting, and movement. At River Song, our Toddler program will incorporate aspects of our Peace and Art curriculum, providing early explorations for the work the child will continue in his or her primary classroom.

A Flexible Transition

Participation in the Toddler program gives your child the opportunity to prepare for the transition into the Primary classroom. Children will move from the Toddler class to one of our Primary classes when he or she is showing signs of readiness, including:

  • ability to communicate needs or wants
  • ability to follow some simple directions
  • willingness to participate in group activities and comfort in larger groups (up to 24)
  • mostly independent in toileting and clean up (wiping, washing hands, etc.)

The ratio goes from 5:1 to 10:1 in the primary classroom, so our goal is for each child to have the confidence and independence to successfully integrate into his or her Primary class.

Our Day

Your child’s day in the Toddler program will begin with a greeting and with group songs and activities. Children will help to prepare snack and eat as a group. During the work period (9:15-11:00), children will receive individual lessons, have the opportunity to independently complete work that meets a specific developmental need or interest, and work in our garden. After the work period, children will participate in movement games and activities (balancing, yoga, dance, etc.). At 11:30 children will set up for lunchtime, and will begin eating as a group at 11:45. Lunch clean-up includes stories and songs, which continue into half day pick up (12:30). For full day children, we will have a quiet rest time, followed by an afternoon of independent work, group time, songs and stories. Full day pick up is between 3:00-3:15 with optional after care.

Enrollment & Tuition Rates

Please visit our Enrollment & Admissions page for Enrollment Forms and current Tuition Rates.

*sibling discount (10% first additional sibling, 25% second additional sibling)

*discounts available with semi-annual and annual prepayment plans

*referral bonuses apply: any new family enrolling who mentions your name at the time of enrollment will earn you a $100 voucher to use on tuition or other purchases!