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A Day in a Montessori Toddler Community

Presenter: Melody Patton
For: Toddler teachers (both novice and experienced), school/teacher education program administrators, and parents

Originally presented August 20, 2015


This presentation is available for a 30-day rental via Vimeo On Demand, allowing you to view the webinar at any time, as often as you would like, within your rental period.

$55/individual (Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 1 person)
$200/group (CPD certificates for up to 20 persons)

Individual On-demand Webinar Group On-demand Webinar


The Montessori Toddler community offers very young children (ages 15 – 36 months) the unique experience of self-development in a tender school atmosphere of special understanding, respect, and support. Often this is the child’s first experience beyond the family, so it must be a nurturing place where the child can connect with an adult who makes him feel loved, and who fosters an ongoing relationship that supports his quest for independence.

The Toddler environment is focused on supporting the child as he acquires the skills to “do it myself.” Children are allowed freedom of movement to explore and manipulate the objects in the environment, and they are given the time they need to accomplish their work. Activities change and evolve as the child grows. The specially prepared Montessori environment allows the toddler to develop and refine movements, increase language, and launch into social relationships with peers. The freedom to explore is tempered by three basic ground rules that will be beneficial for a lifetime—respect of self, respect for others, and respect for the environment.

This webinar will follow a typical day in the life of a toddler in a Montessori Toddler classroom. It will provide a real-life view of what the environment looks like through the use of hundreds of photos. It will describe how everything that is provided in the prepared environment supports the philosophy above. It will show examples of favorite activities and will demonstrate how common activities can change and evolve as the child grows physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Novice teachers and assistants will gain a solid overview of a typical Toddler classroom, along with why and how the environment is prepared
  • Experienced teachers will come away with exciting ideas for fresh new activities that can be placed in the Toddler classroom 
  • Experienced teachers will gain ideas for supporting older toddlers who are still in the Toddler environment but are nearing their transition to Early Childhood 
  • Administrators will enhance their understanding of a typical Toddler classroom and how it differs from the Early Childhood classroom
  • Parents will gain an increased understanding of the types of activities their child may be doing at school each day, and ideas for similar activities that they can provide at home

About the Presenter

Melody Patton, MBA, has been both a Toddler and Early Childhood teacher and is an instructor at the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder, CO. AMS-credentialed (Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood). 

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