In the Toddlers Program at GMS, we aim to turn your child’s natural curiosity into positive learning experiences. The GMS program takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. It is during these first few years of life that the roots for a love of learning are established. Dr. Montessori recognized the sensitivities of the toddler in the areas of independence, order, movement and language as the key elements in the child’s growth and development during the toddler period. For many children this is their first experience separated from their primary caregiver. Care is given to assist the young child and parent in handling separation and in making this a positive and healthy experience. A typical day for your child would consist of individual indoor work time, snack time (a favorite of most), outdoor playtime, music, reading stories, lunchtime, nap time and other enrichment activities. In this language-rich environment, teachers support and guide toddlers as they explore order and disorder, and refine their emerging motor skills.