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Exploring the Stages of Development in Toddlers

Parents are often astonished to watch their young children grow in the first years of life, because there are so many developmental milestones that take place between the ages of one and three. By knowing the important stages of development for toddlers, parents can nurture their children's growth and encourage more positive development. Here is a look at what you can expect to see in your child before age 3 as he or she grows and begins to explore the world.

12 to 18 months
Children will want to move frequently around the age of one, because they are learning to walk confidently, throw, kick, and squat. You should let your child discover the world by moving through it, but make sure they have plenty of safe space to move around. Between 12 and 18 months of age, children also love to participate in story time, listening to parents read aloud.

18 to 24 months
The 18 to 24 month age range is an exciting time, since this is when toddlers begin to speak in full sentences and understand what different words mean. Running and climbing are physical skills common in this age range, and this may lead to more independence for your child. However, as he or she grows more independent and discovers more skills, there may be a relapse caused by a need for comfort in a time of great change. If your child does seem to relapse in skills, try cuddling or reading a book together so that he or she feels comforted without becoming overly dependent.

24 to 36 months
Around 24 months, children will start to learn empathy and build social relationships. This process should be nurtured by providing opportunities for supervised social interactions where kids can play and learn together. Parents can also lead by example by showing children appropriate emotional reactions to different situations.

With a Montessori education in preschool, toddlers are presented with a number of developmental advantages in a dynamic classroom environment. You can learn more about Montessori programs at The Montessori School by calling us in Allen at (972) 908-5055 or in Dallas at (469) 685-1732.

Casa de Bambini at StarCreek Montessori

Infant daycare should not only provide a warm and nurturing environment for young children, but it should create a stimulating atmosphere where infants are able to play and move freely as they develop basic skills and independence. Casa de Bambini is a full-time infant program at The Montessori School in StarCreek that lets young students build coordination and balance as they explore a whole-room play area with a number of materials and toys to play with. Aside from a physically stimulating environment, students are introduced to language with the conscious use of words, tone, inflection, and body language by staff members who understand the importance of early impressions for developing infants.

To discover the advantages of choosing a Montessori education for your child early in life, connect with The Montessori School at (469) 685-1732 for the StarCreek campus. You can reach our Allen campus by calling (469) 685-1732, or explore general information about our school on our website.

Why Early Childhood Education Is Important

While the typical preschool classroom may not look like a rigorous academic environment, preschool is actually integral to learning success in early adolescence and throughout primary and upper school. A strong foundation with a great early childhood education can give your child a head start thanks to these benefits of preschool programs.

Higher academic standards early on
When children are at the ages of 2-4, they are naturally curious about the world around them, and they are eager to learn. By taking advantage of this period with preschool curriculum guided by experienced educators, children can be held to higher academic standards in earlier years of primary school. Early childhood education helps children develop mathematical skills and pre-reading skills during a critical period of cognitive development.

Shaping future success
Research has shown that students who participate in early childhood programs are statistically less likely to require remedial education or grade repetition, which indicates that preschool is vital for future academic success among all students. Parents may also benefit from participation in early childhood classrooms, since they may learn more about their children's development and discover ways to promote early education at home.

Opportunities for social development
Preschool curriculum involves many different group activities and games that encourage cooperation, sharing, and collective creativity. Children who are provided with these social opportunities as they are learning empathy around the age of 2 will have more success fitting in when they get to kindergarten. The confidence and independence that comes with early social development can make big milestones and transitions much easier as children get older.

Through the infant and toddler programs at The Montessori School, your child can get the best possible start in school with the proven educational strategies of the Montessori Method. You can reach us at our Allen campus by calling (972) 908-5055, or call our Dallas campus at (469) 685-1732 to learn what our schools can do for your child.

Reasons to Choose Montessori

As you explore private school options for your child, you may feel overwhelmed by the types of education available even at the preschool level. Montessori schools are preferred by many parents, because they promote independent thinking and real-life application of skills learned in the classroom.

This video explores how Montessori institutions are different from other schools and why this type of instruction is beneficial. Watch the whole clip to learn why choosing Montessori may be the best step for your child's future success.

Are you considering a Montessori education for your children? The Montessori School can provide your child with a great academic foundation through campuses in Dallas and Allen. You can reach us online or by calling (972) 908-5055 for our Allen campus, or (469) 685-1732 for our Dallas campus.

Family Activities to Help Your Child Learn

Portrait of a family gardening.

Children do a lot of their learning at home, which is why it is important to find tools and activities that help you give them the best education. Keep reading for some activity ideas that give your children a learning advantage:

You can go outside and collect seashells or stones and have your children practice counting. At your weekly outing to the Farmer’s Market or the grocery store, ask your kids to name off different fruits and vegetables and their colors. When you watch a sports game, you can ask your child to count the number of runs or goals. If you are planning a long road trip, you can ask the children to find cars in certain colors or to read off the numbers at the gas station.

When you enroll your children at The Montessori Schools and work with them at home, you give them educational opportunities that will benefit their entire lives. Our private elementary schools are designed to help your child learn at his or her own pace. To learn more, call (972) 727-2800 to learn more about our Allen campus or (972) 985-8844 to learn about our North Dallas location.

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