Early Preschool

Montessori Toddler Program

Ages 15 Months - 2.5 Years 

Typically, a toddler can be defined as a child between the ages of 1-3 years old. At IMA, our early preschool classrooms serve students between the ages of 15 months – 2.5 years old.

IMA’s early preschool program is led by an English speaking, trained Montessori teacher and is supported by two bilingual assistants who speak a second language. Drawing off of a Montessori toddler classroom model, children explore lessons in five Montessori areas. The lesson’s sequencing order develops physical and emotional independence through language, as well as small and large motor skills.

Our bilingual, Montessori-based preschool classroom creates a calm and peaceful environment, though the children are lively and engaged.

The preschool classroom encourages social activities through large group (i.e. circle time) and small group lessons. Children also have the freedom to choose developmentally appropriate individual work.

The lead teacher guides the toddlers towards readiness for our kindergarten program.

Potty training is also a part of our toddler program. Once they’ve become fully potty-trained in a toddler classroom we transition them into a primary classroom.

IMA’s Toddler classrooms are a stepping stone into language immersion environment where children are surrounded by multiple languages as they develop independence and really come into their identity as a learner and part of a community.

Our goal is to create an atmosphere in the classroom that is spontaneous, joyful, and purposeful where children demonstrate a sense of community and concern for each other.

Montessori Toddler Education

Dr. Montessori observed that through independence the child learns how to be responsible for caring for themselves, others, and the environment.

If you’ve taken a tour of any of IMA's campuses, you’ve observed toddlers caring for plants, putting away toys, or handling fragile materials with care.

The relationship between the child, the adult, and the learning environment at International Montessori Academy provides an abundant amount of opportunities to practice and demonstrate independence in a Toddler Classroom.

In the morning, toddlers walk independently into school with their backpacks and nap mats in tow towards their cubbies to put on their indoor shoes.

Once they're in the classroom, they greet their teacher, wash their hands, put away their water bottles, and begin their day.

At lunch, they are feeding themselves and cleaning up spills, or separating their garbage at the end of a meal. In the bathroom, they are fetching diapers and undressing and getting dressed with assistance.

As soon as they arrive at school, they are presented with opportunities throughout the day to care for themselves, their friends, and their classroom.

Toddler Classroom

How do the adults in the classroom at IMA foster independence for Toddlers?

The adults in a Toddler Classroom trust that a toddler wants to learn and grow and design a rich learning environment to explore. 

Unscheduled time is provided to allow toddlers the freedom to be curious in a safe space. Emphasis is placed on creating an opportunity for a toddler to lead, explore, be included in daily life, set their own pace, be responsible, encourage wonder, and independence. 

Schedule a Tour of IMA to Learn More

Are you looking for a school that offers unique and valuable elements for your child's early childhood education? All three of our campuses in Washington have bilingual, Montesssori-inspired programs.

Schedule a tour today to see our classrooms in action.