Toddler Program
(Children ages 16 months to 33 months)


Welcome to the Toddler Program!

In the toddler Montessori environment all the materials are neatly kept on the shelves. Everything in the classroom has a place. Once the child is finished with a material he/she puts the material back on the shelf where it belongs. The teacher works with each child's individually and in groups. The Montessori philosophy believes that the child should be allowed to do things for themselves and be as independent as possible.

Our Toddler Room is a prepared environment that promotes individual work, designed to meet your child's needs, (social, physical, emotional, and psychological). It will aid your child toward independence and self care, while building social skills, grace, and courtesy. Our classroom offers activities in the following areas: Practical Life (sweeping, washing windows), Language (books, picture cards, matching objects to pictures), Science (things in our environment), Art (painting, coloring, play-dough), Math (counting, sorting), Sensorial (sizes, weights, colors, textures), Manipulative (stringing, lacing), puzzles and blocks, large muscle (balance beam) and then of course there's taking care of the self (toileting, washing hands, dressing).


General Information

There are differences between a Montessori Program and a traditional preschool program. The Montessori program is individually based, while a traditional preschool is group based (everything is done in a group). Montessori believes that the child needs order in his/her environment, the child needs freedom to choose his\her own work, and the child needs the freedom to repeat the activity (Note: Montessori teachers call their educational activities "work".). Another difference between a Montessori Program and a traditional program is that many preschools are theme based. The teacher picks a theme for the week or month. In Montessori there are no themes. A Montessori classroom might choose to explore animals or people but all projects are ongoing. If something is brought into the classroom it usually becomes part or the curriculum.

The role of the Montessori teacher is to observe the children. She is looking for what interests the child. Interest is the key to learning. Each child has his\her own interests and the teacher must observe what the child's interests are, so when the teacher gives a presentation (shows how to use the material), she can use the child's interest to draw them into an activity. The teacher is always introducing the children to new material and encouraging the children to learn new things.


Toddler Potty Training Method

Our method of potty training is: We have a 5 step program. Your child will be changed into underwear upon arrival at school. Each time your child has results on the potty we cheer, clap, give high fives, and a washable stamp on the hand (After a while the stamp is only used for BMs). If your child's underwear becomes soiled before the end time of each step, fresh underwear will be put back on. Your child will be put back into a diaper after the end time of the step they are on, if they had any accidents. We will try again the next day. Your child will need to have an accident free day before moving to the next step. Our day is broken down like this:

  • Morning thru lunch (12:15)
  • Arrival until lunch (11:15)
  • Morning thru nap (when your child awakens or 2:30)
  • Morning thru afternoon snack (3:30)
  • ALL DAY - (arrival thru pick-up)

As your child becomes more successful, the time in underwear will increase.
We use a step-by-step method so that children can work at their own pace, in theiradvancement towards independence. We also use this method so that children do not feeloverwhelmed or flustered, by the potty training process.

  • Please do not bring in pull-ups for potty training they feel just like diapers to children and can prolong training process.
  • Please do not bring pants that are too tight. Make sure that toddlers can pull their pants/shorts up and down by themselves with little effort.
  • Please do not put your child in onesies, overalls, or pants/shorts that may need to be buttoned, snapped, zipped or need a belt. These things are cute but are hard for toddlers to take off by themselves. Remember your child is working towards independence.

Behavior Guidance

The staff at Eagan Montessori School will provide each child with guidance that helps the child acquire a positive self-concept and self-control, and teaches acceptable behavior. Discipline and behavior guidance used by each caregiver will at all times be constructive, positive and suited to the age of the child.

The following standards and rules will apply in the program for toddler care.


  1. To prevent unacceptable behavior from occurring, the staff will:
    1. Model appropriate behavior for the toddlers
    2. Arrange the classroom environment to enhance the learning of behaviors that are acceptable
    3. Use descriptive praise when appropriate behavior is occurring (i.e. “look how high you’re building the blocks! Let’s count them.”)
  2. When unacceptable behavior is about to occur\is occurring, the staff will use:
    1. Redirection: substituting a positive activity for a negative activity
    2. Distraction: change the focus of the activity or behavior
    3. Active listening: to determine the underlying cause of the behavior
    4. Separation from the group: this is only used when the less intrusive methods have been tried and the behavior of the child is dangerous to him\herself or the otherIn the event that time out is used the child will remain in sight and hearing of the staff. The child will be separated from the group for a maximum time of 2 minutes.
  3. Holding and rocking of the child will be done when needed.

Eagan Montessori School complies with all federal, state and other relevant laws which prohibit corporal or abusive punishment in day care settings. Additionally, staff are expressly prohibited from using unproductive or shaming methods of punishment.

Eagan Montessori School believes that parents and child care staff work together to deal with persistent behavioral issues such as biting, unusual or dangerous aggression, or other issues. Parents will be contacted for a conference when a child appears to be unusually stressed, anxious or otherwise motivated to engage in negative behaviors.


Schedule/Activities/Methods

Daily Schedule Objectives Activites/Methods
6:30-8:30 Arrival and getting comfortable in the classroom. Welcome the children and make them feel comfortable. Eat breakfast if necessary. Work with puzzled/free play. Help children develop social skills, potty and diaper checks. Greet the children as they arrive, help them hang their jackets, get ready for group time.
8:30-9:00 Help Children learn personal hygience, nutrition, independance, potty training continues. Change diapers. Music and movement. Story time. Group lessons. Learning to listen in a group.
  • Practice sitting on the floor.
  • Learning the alphabet, numbers.
  • Communication skills: Spanish, sign language, etc.
Teach Children proper method of washing hands before eating. Snacks will be served as a group.
Potty training and diaper changed done accordingly.
Acknowledge birthdays, special occasions, weather, calendar dates, show and tell, and seasons.
9:00-11:30 Continue teaching lang. skills, quantity and number concepts, recognition of shapes, colors, dimensions, textures, self help skills, grace and courtesy, nature, the environment, develop small motor skills, concentration skills, Aesthetic skills and other developmental skills.
Snack time at about 9am.
Get ready for outside play or large motor. Transition into preparation for lunch time.
Presentations of various Monetessori materials are introduced. The children work individually at the child's pace. Many sorting, pairing, and grading activities are available, objects for counting; sand paper numbers, pictures of animals, objects, nature, etc. are introduced.
Potty training & diaper changing.
Playground or boat, mat, stairs.
11:30-3:00 Lunch time: Teachers will help also train to eat by themselves, table manners and self help skills. Proper table manners, good eating habits are exercised.