Between 18 and 24 months of age, children change a great deal. They develop
a long list of new skills and push for increasing amounts of independence. In
Montessori daycare, kids in this age range discover a whole new world of interests and social
connections, and they make great strides in both physical and emotional
development. Here are some of the changes you can expect to see at home
and at your child’s Montessori daycare.
During this time, toddlers often begin to experience new emotions, such
as sadness and anger, which can feel overwhelming and hard to manage.
For this reason, toddlers in this age group may go through some temper
tantrums and may seem like they are challenging authority as they try
to navigate these new emotions. They will develop coping skills during
this time as well and figure out more productive ways to deal with their
frustrations. Toddlers may also experience a period of intense separation
anxiety with mom and dad before getting more comfortable. Fortunately,
toddlers love playing with their friends at this stage, which make morning
drop-offs at Montessori daycare easier during this transition period.
Physical changes abound during this time. Most toddlers are walking and
running comfortably now, and they begin to engage in other kinds of movement,
such as throwing a ball and dancing. They can also climb out of cribs
and high chairs and know how to undress themselves. Toddlers love to experiment
with new ways to be independent at this age, including feeding themselves
and helping with household chores. These activities might not end the
way you want at first, but they are important building blocks.
At this age, toddlers begin to put simple sentences together that are generally
easily to understand. They may also begin to respond directly to simple
questions. It is also common for toddlers to babble frequently as they
work to express themselves.
At The Montessori School, our
toddler program helps children flourish during this stage and beyond. Get more information
about the Montessori approach by calling our Montessori school in Allen,
Texas at (972) 908-5055 or the North Dallas Campus at (469) 685-1732.