Early Learners

Being a toddler is a very special time in one’s life. At Missoula Valley Montessori we honor this special time by nurturing each child’s unique gifts. Each day will be filled with interesting and stimulating work that will create a sense of independence and confidence. Our teachers provide the loving framework to allow each child to grow to their own potential.

All the areas of Montessori are represented in the Early Learners class room but Practical Life holds a particularly prominent place as this age is the perfect time to begin learning control of your own movements, care of your person and care of your environment. Here are some of the materials that you will find in your child’s classroom:

A Typical Day For Your Toddler:

  • 8:30 Children arrive, hang up coats, visit with friends, wave goodbye
  • 8:40 Children gather for morning circle
  • 8:50 – 10:30 Independent work time
  • 10:45-11:30 Recess
  • 11:30-12:00 Lunch
  • 12:00-3:00 Resting time or Independent work time

Practical Life:

Control of Movement

  • Pouring, Scooping, & Spooning work
  • Transferring work (both for whole hand and fingers)
  • Sorting (colors, shapes, sizes)
  • Stringing Beads & Lacing Cards
Care of Person
  • Dressing Frames
  • Folding (napkin, washcloth)
  • Scrubbing and Washing
Care of Environment
  • Sweeping and Mopping
  • Polishing
  • Dusting

Sensorial:


  • Pink Tower
  • Small Cylinder Block Set
  • Color Tablets Box 1

Language:

  • Wooden Puzzles of all kinds
  • Matching Work (picture/picture, object/picture, etc)
  • Picture Sequencing
  • Sandpaper Letters
  • Classification Materials

Math:

  • Sandpaper Numbers
  • Stacking and Nesting Cubes
  • Number blocks and puzzles
  • Sorting and Counting Materials