Children are free to move and explore as they are developmentally ready. The Montessori Toddler environment is specially prepared to accommodate our toddlers who have a fully developed sense of mobility. There is plenty of open floor space with low shelves to encourage independence and exploration. There are plenty of opportunities to rely on themselves rather than relying on the adult.
On the playground, there are climbing stairs and slides to increase mobility in their legs and arms independently. Children at this age learn these tasks easily and take pride in their ability to do so independently.
The consistency of their daily routine develops these gross motor skills as well as their independence such as:
- how to choose a work from the shelf
- how to carry the work to a table
- how to set up the material on the table
- how to manipulate the work with her hands
- how to complete the work
- how to return the work to the shelf
They perform them over and over with a sense of accomplishment and develop high self-esteem. As demonstrated above, the Montessori child needs to have space in order to move and work. Some children enjoy working on the floor on a mat that clearly defines their space while others prefer to work at a table. Some work lends itself better to tables. Still other work should be done while standing, such as washing dishes or painting. It is through this continual movement that motor skills, both large and small, and their minds develop.