I can do it
The power of a Toddler is an impressive thing. They possess a fierce desire to do and discover things for themselves, all while needing constant reassurance that they are safe. As a Montessori teacher, the dance of independence takes place all day long. We create an environment that will inspire our students to discover their own capabilities and offer experiences allowing them to practice this hard-earned job of independence. The day is spent working on “Practical Life” jobs such as: sweeping, dressing, toileting, and care for the environment. Through the use of thoughtfully prepared language and fine motor works, toddlers develop the language, skills, and knowledge to care for themselves, others, and the environment around them.
One of the largest works of the toddler is that of toileting. The sensitive period for a toddler is believed to begin around 18 months, so most children start our program ready to begin the exploration of becoming toilet aware. For the child, this doesn’t happen over a weekend or in a couple of weeks. It is a process of a child becoming aware of a need that they have, and retraining the body and mind. Most importantly, it is the child’s work. A paper recently written on the subject by one of our Toddler teachers can be found here: Toilet Training Parent Education Article