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Toddler Article

By Kendyll Murray and Whitney Kimbro It has been so rewarding to witness the growth that took place this school year. We have observed an increase in concentration and independence! The toddler’s physical, language, social and emotional growth have flourished, and friendships have been formed that will last throughout the years at Walnut Farm. Spending […]

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Language Development in the Toddler

All children have an internal drive to develop language. Maria Montessori observed that the child rapidly acquires language from birth until six years of age without ever being taught. She believed that children from birth until three unconsciously take in their environment and shape themselves from any information and stimulation they encounter. Young children learn language […]

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September 2021 Toddler Newsletter Article

Toddlers crave independence and order.  In the Montessori environment, we do our best to cater to these sensitive periods at all times.  Every lesson has a specific place. Daily routines stay the same and are rarely interrupted, clear ground rules are evident and consistent, and the environment is kept clean and simple.  There are usually […]

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April 2021 Toddler Newsletter Article

Hello Toddler Families! It is hard to believe another school year is almost completed. Even with the uncertainties of how it would go with Covid-19, it has been an amazing year. Your children have all grown so much. Each child brought something special to our classroom and it has been an honor to work with […]

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Transitioning to Primary

Why are ages 18 months – 36 months grouped together in the Toddler environments? The new toddler has a peer to relate to, look up to, and observe in their new environment. The three-year old thrives on being a leader and helping younger students. It may be the first time this child is considered a […]

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Sensitive period

As every parent knows, it takes only the smallest change to throw a toddler’s day out of whack.  A missed nap, a smaller-than-usual breakfast, a visiting relative, a move out of the crib and into a bed are all enough to disturb a child’s natural sense of order and routine. Even something like reading a […]

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Montessori Inspired Checklist For Choosing Toys

By Kendyll Murray LOOK FOR NATURAL MATERIALS Choose toys that are made out of glass, wood, and ceramic. Montessori is about facilitating the child’s connection with nature and too much plastic is an empty experience. Plastic doesn’t smell, taste, or have texture. Natural materials are also less toxic to children.     LOOK FOR THINGS […]

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Setting up a Toddler-friendly Home

By Whitney Kimbro Toddlers crave independence and are in a sensitive period for language.  They sometimes have a hard time communicating what is needed, especially if they are tired, hungry, ill or something is just off.  There are usually power struggles in these delicate years.  To help minimize these power struggles, and encourage independence, we […]

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Transformation of a Toddler Teacher By Kendyll Murray, Toddler A Support Teacher This year has been an exciting growing experience for me. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work toward receiving my Infant/Toddler Credential through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies. I knew that I would learn more about the Montessori philosophy and […]

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Mindful Listening with the Toddlers By Whitney Kimbro, Head Teacher, Toddler A During our recent visit with Marta Donahoe, she spoke with us about being mindful listeners and how to communicate with one another. These are things we should work on with our toddlers as well, especially during this time when they are at such […]

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