Welcome to the Tadpole Toddler Class
The Tadpoles’ Montessori program is an environment for both parents and children to work with a Montessori guide to facilitate the child’s interactions. It is necessary for an adult to attend with the toddler that learning about the Montessori Method can be consistently adapted to the home environment. The prepared space includes four distinct Montessori elements. These are strategically planned across the classroom and take into account that child’s need for freedom to explore the environment, order and structure and to create connections with the real world. The different areas in our Tadpoles classroom include:
- A space for Practical life tasks to foster independence
- A space for Sensorial Exercises to help form sensory impressions of the world around them
- A rich Language environment to develop ever expanding vocabulary
- A space for Culture encouraging sense of self.
Our Tadpoles develop their concentration skills by immersing themselves in the activities in each of these environments and we are constantly surprised by the intensity of their effort and how they strive for independence. Below you can read about some of the activities that the Tadpole Toddlers engage in each day.
If you’d like to join our Tadpole Toddler group, please download a Toddler Application form found here, and submit this with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and any immunisation records. Our staff will come back to you regarding days and availability.
Term 4, 2023
This year the Toddlers have been very busy, working both inside and outside of the classroom, trying out a broad range of activities to satisfy their curiosity and help them become more independent. They were introduced to the study of plants, Australian animals, and insects and really enjoyed observing and discussing with wonder and awe many examples of our Australian flora and fauna. The Toddler Chefs had the opportunity to create delicious morning snacks and quite often the waft of freshly baked bread, biscuits, or even roast potatoes has been detected coming from the Toddler room.
Our wonderful, inquisitive students come daily with boundless energy which we quickly redirect to a daily venture in the garden doing weeding, watering, picking vegetables or beautiful flowers. There has been plenty of trips to the bush adjacent to our grounds, where our toddlers sometimes see frogs, birds, and goannas. Together, throughout 2023, the Tadpole Toddlers have built towers, painted masterpieces, and embarked on wonderous adventures around the beautiful grounds of CMS – a perfect combination of activities planned with Montessori guidance for both parents and children.
We look forward to doing it all over again next year.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all and perhaps some new faces in 2024!
Independence - Term 2 2023
To foster independence, our Tadpole Toddlers take part in both indoor and outdoor activities. There is bread-making that our toddlers love helping with and also food preparation and sharing. They also love to help tidy-up, they are taught how to use the Montessori materials which deepen their ability to focus. Outdoors, they have lots of fun exploring, examining the wonders of nature around out beautiful grounds. They move and exercise, learning how to use their limbs and recognising their abilities. There’s lots to do at the Tadpole Toddler program.
Our curious Tadpoles spotted some hairy caterpillars on the way into class recently. They stopped to take a look. Their natural curiosity helps them to learn about our environment and enables them to focus on detail.
Well done Tadpoles!
Focus on detail
The Tadpoles also found some baby toads. Can you spot them?
By doing this the Tadpoles are preparing their brains to focus on minute detail, they are learning about our amazing environment and wildlife and also learning to care for it.
Well done Tadpoles!
Preparing for reading and writing
Question: How does scrubbing a chair develop skills for reading and writing?
This may seem like a strange question. However, in our Montessori Tadpole playgroup, we have this activity set up as a prepared environment specifically with this purpose in mind.
The Tadpoles are armed with a small bucket, round scrub brush, sponge and a drying mitt/cloth. The child is shown how to fill the bucket with water add some detergent, then using the scrub brush, he/she learns to make small anti-clockwise circle motions from top/back left of chair over to the right side. Then, they move a little lower, to the next “line”. Once the chair is ‘scrubbed’, the Tadpole student is then shown how wipe left to right with the sponge, then how to squeeze out the water. This helps to build-up hand strength. Once most of the water is removed, it’s time to dry the chair in the same fashion.
In this one activity the child is developing so many parts of the body as well as training their brains to focus for longer.
This is a great example of a prepared Montessori environment that accelerates learning.
Well done Tadpoles!
The Tadpoles visit the garden
A visit to the garden to see the plants and the chook-house is always enjoyed by our Tadpoles. They learn with curiousity and delight as the CMS outdoors brings them wonder and deeper connections with their amazing world. They learn to care for our living things by planting and watering, and their growing independence brings the confidence in themselves and their environment.
Well done Tadpoles!
Our young Tadpole learners love developing their skills and sharing these with others. Construction of learning takes many aspects and making tea is just one preferred activity for our younger community members to enjoy and focus their skills. They certainly have some wonderful discussions!
Exploration and enjoyment are key attributes to motivated learning.