Time in a Montessori toddler classroom (3)

Here is another sneak peak of our time in a Montessori toddler classroom with my 2.5 year old. I am hoping this series of posts gives people an idea not just what it is like in a Montessori toddler classroom, but that many of these type of activities (work) can be replicated at home if one cannot attend a class.

cheese chopping work
Cheese chopping.
cereal spooning work
Cereal spooning on the left and milk pouring from the jug on the right. My toddler poured a lot of milk into his bowl, so after he finished eating the cereal he poured the excess milk into  a glass to drink. This work is a favourite with many of the toddlers.

citrus juice squeezing

orange juice squeezing
Citrus juice squeezing.
liquid watercolour painting
Liquid watercolours (red, orange and yellow).
collage
Collage work.

jigsaw puzzle

puzzle
Back inside for some puzzle work.

transport puzzle

watercolours
More liquid palette painting inside the classroom.
lock box
Working with the lock box…there is something inside.
button frame
Large button frame.
open and close work
Open and close work.

book shelf classroom

reading books
Time for stories. Number and transportation books are favourites.

Usually our 2.5 hour session rhythm goes a little like this;

  1. Some work inside
  2. Some work outside (painting, collage, sensory play etc)
  3. Morning tea (snack and a drink)
  4. Some work inside
  5. Outside playground play for a run around-(part of the toddler classroom play area)
  6. Inside for last activities (usually time for 1 or 2 items of work)
  7. Story time
  8. The session ends with song time but my 2.5 year old often would rather read a few more books instead. Say goodbye.
  9. Wait at the school to pick up my eldest from her Montessori preschool class- we usually have lunch and a quick playground play.
  10. Head home.

This works really well for my 2.5 year old with a nice mixture of time inside and outside and includes lots of movement and gross motor play time.

You can read some more about our time in a Montessori toddler classroom via these blog posts;

  1. Time in a Montessori toddler classroom (1)
  2. Time in a Montessori toddler classroom (2)

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