Toddler 18 mos to 3 yrs

The core of the program

The central objective of the toddler program is to foster self-development in a caring and respectful environment, stimulating natural curiosity and functioning as a catalyst toward early childhood development. To further support the whole child, Austin Children’s Academy has incorporated music, health, foreign language, cultural awareness, and fitness into its curriculum. The intellectual, physical, social, and emotional progress of each child is critically important and is specifically observed by Montessori certified teachers.



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Practical Life

Practical Life activities in a Montessori toddler classroom develop care for the environment and encourage motor skills, social skills, and self confidence. With this kind of confidence, children are eager to begin to problem solve in many different situations, which is a key academic and life skill they need as they grow older. A few examples of practical life work are washing hands, toilet training, brushing teeth, washing a baby doll, pouring liquids, manners training, dressing and buttoning skills, and more.

Language and Reading

Language and Reading activities include pre-writing and pre-reading skills and are based on the phonics method of reading development. Pre-writing activities are things like tracing sandpaper letters and numbers, using tongs to transfer small items, and arts and crafts. Pre-reading activities include listening to stories, handling books, learning the letters of the alphabet, and learning the sounds each letter makes. Teachers use songs, movement, direct instruction and one-on-one time with students to help children gain understanding in the language and reading category.


Sensorial exercises allow children to apply their senses to learn about the world. The specially designed Montessori materials help the child to distinguish, categorize, and compare different heights, lengths, weights, colors, shapes, sounds, temperatures, and textures. Attractive materials on the shelves engage children’s attention and ensure their full concentration on the learning activity. The sensorial category of Montessori work is an extension of what other types of classrooms call “hands-on” learning.

Mathematics and Computers

Beautiful Montessori materials introduce young children to mathematical operations and the base ten numbering system. Rods, beads, cubes, and stairs are common in the Montessori classroom. Not only are the materials colored and shaped beautifully for small eyes and hands, they also feel wonderful to the touch. Next time you get a chance, touch the Montessori materials in the classroom to sense this phenomenon for yourself. Screen time is kept to a minimum in this age group, but computer labs, audio systems, and television and DVD viewers are available for use when appropriate.

Cultural Studies (Geography, History, Science Music, Art and Spanish)

Cultural Studies are very important in the Montessori philosophy. Each unit, theme, and material is designed to inspire a sense of appreciation of the the planet and the world’s many cultures. Children learn country names, flags, maps, and holiday celebrations from all around the world through songs, dance, food, art, books, and pictures. The student body at ACA is internationally diverse, leading to children learning about other cultures and languages organically through their own social interactions. ACA offers Spanish lessons, opening children’s linguistic horizons even further. In Science activities, children differentiate between living and non-living things and animals and plants. The children plant their own seeds and plants each year and get a chance to care for and observe the plants. They participate in cooking days and perform personal experiments from day to day with materials like activity dough, water, liquid droppers, and paint.


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