Take advantage of a time in your child's life when they WANT to do things on their own! They want to be able to do the tasks that the adult is doing in the home. They also desire to independently do the tasks that the adult does for them. The Montessori class is designed for the child to learn and practice these simple daily tasks. They receive lessons and learn through observation, as they are able to become independent they are thrilled and their confidence increases.
It is no wonder the classroom of 10 plus toddlers can remain peaceful, relaxed and happy throughout long periods of time. We give every opportunity to work on an activity for as long as they like. The children interact with one another and move freely throughout the class.
Helping toddlers control their impulses and understand what is expected in many situations is a long process. It can become a bit smoother if you keep in mind the basic needs of the child.
They need to be involved in activities that are purposeful, interesting and challenging. When we are able to have this happen they become increasingly independent.