Toddler Development: What On Earth Can A Toddler Learn In School?
Oh My! – what can a toddler learn?
The short answer is – Anything they can see, touch, handle, or that has a name…the toddler years are the fastest age for learning.
They learn by assimilation of physical objects that surround them. Touch, taste, smell, & sight.
Montessori classrooms are designed for children to learn the things that Nature is preparing them for. The greatest learning drive and skill at this age is language.
What would my 2 year old learn linguistically that would not be available in most homes?
The main benefit is that a child stays in a group setting. With several other children in a classroom your toddler has a chance to talk, and talk, and talk some more and then listen to talk. To Communicate.
This is one of the first astonishing things you will hear people say – “I’ve never heard a little one be able to express themselves like that.”
The child’s native language sounds are taught at this age – which is the ripest time of all for them.
Scientist have learned the years before age 3 are the best time for language that will ever occur for an individual. The Teacher then makes use of this skill which occurs at this optimum time.
They learn the sounds – not names – of the letters through one of the most innovative programs. The two year old is drawn to sounds and loves to trace tactile letters – while learning them.
Later as the year goes by and with additional exposure to the individual letters the child learns that these sounds go with words that then go with objects. These are the beginnings of reading.
What else can a Toddler learn?
Lots and lots of vocabulary – many, many animals, furniture for each room, shapes, foods, and tools – the vocabulary is endless. This is one of the things that makes a 2 year old’s conversation so different.
Anything left to learn? Independence – You as parents already know how independent your child is.
They often refuse to stop or fallout when you won’t let them do it “By My Self”. This is a time in the classroom when this skill is acknowledged.
Independence is one of the drives of Nature and so should be considered when ripe. Failing to do so will make an insecure child.
So how are they independent in the classroom? They learn to prepare their own food for a snack, they learn to wash that dish and spoon, drying and putting it away, they learn to clean the table and leave it nice for the next person.
They learn to use the bathroom by themselves, change clothes if needed, put on their socks and shoes. Dressing themselves gives children a great satisfaction.
One of the greatest skills that will benefit them for life (if parents and teachers continue it) is that they learn to work by themselves and occupy their time in learning, making choices (even at 2) and finding things of interest. After all, learning best occurs through interest. This skill will help the child in any avenue they wish to go. Having the concentration extended and rewarded at so young of an age makes the upper years of learning come so quick.
This is enough said – you must come to see for yourself, and not let your toddler miss the most opportune age for learning.
The best way to learn if you’re toddler is ready for the life long journey of learning is to schedule a tour.
Call 1(615) 264-3401 or fill out out our contact form, and come experience the Montessori program in action.