Toddler Community

"The toddler program offers very young children a unique year of self-development in a tender atmosphere of special understanding, respect and support. " -Dr. Aline Wolf, A Parents' Guide to the Montessori Classroom


The HPMS Toddler Community has 12 toddlers enrolled who range in age from 16 to 33 months with two teachers guiding them. The Lead Guide is Sarah Terrell, who earned her Association Montessori International (AMI) 0-3 diploma in 2015 from the Montessori Center of Minnesota. She earned her primary diploma (ages 3-6) from AMI in 2009. Vanessa Paakkonen earned her American Montessori Society (AMS) 0-3 diploma from Seton Montessori Institute in Chicago and has worked with toddlers in Montessori schools for several years, including the lab school at Seton.  

The toddler Montessori program is from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, Monday—Friday.  The monthly cost for the regular 3-hour Montessori session, Monday through Friday is $670.00Flexible before and afternoon scheduling is available for children whose families need additional care, from 7:30 to 8:20 am, and from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.

 The HPMS Toddler Community Guides: 

1) provide a warm and loving environment during the very young child’s unique year of self-development; 

2) nurture the toddler’s budding independence;

3) instill a deep respect for others and for the classroom environment; 

4) provide guidance in social situations and give language for expressing feelings and needs;

5) provide activities and materials that respond to the toddler’s urge to explore with his/her senses;

6) accommodate the toddler’s sensitive period for language;

7) give opportunities for singing, dancing, and a variety of large muscle activities; 

8) provide creative art activities; 

9) gently urge the very young child to problem-solve and exert freedom of choice; 

10) provide opportunities to explore nature. 

Daily Schedule

7:3o-8:30 am - Morning arrival

8:30-10:15 am - Montessori work time. Toddlers may choose, individually or in small groups, from all areas of the classroom 

10:15-10:30 am - Outside time or large muscle activity indoors

11:45 am - Toddlers eat lunch and clean up afterwards

12:30-3:00 pm - Nap time

3:15 pm - Group snack 

3:30-4:00 pm - More time for fun in the indoor and outdoor environments! 

4:30-5:30 pm - Toddlers join Children's House afternoon program