Toddler (18 months - 2.8 years)

Tanglewood School’s youngest students develop extraordinary physical independence in a spacious well-designed classroom through work and play, learning ways to communicate as they begin to make sense of the world around them. Our Toddler students learn to dress and feed themselves and as they build confidence, are eventually able to use the toilet independently. We enjoy hearing little voices proudly exclaim, “I did it myself!” throughout the day in our Toddler classrooms.

Toddler program staff are trained in Early Childhood Education and Montessori Pedagogy, reaching a maximum 5:1 student to teacher ratio.

Why Tanglewood for your Toddler?

  • Specially prepared environment where everything is toddler sized (including toilets and sinks) so that children can explore with confidence and gain independence
  • Focused attention on fine and gross motor movements through activities like sorting, stacking, counting, matching, sequencing, pouring, transferring, sweeping, and cleaning
  • Age appropriate and nutritious meals
  • Natural tree-lined play area for toddlers to explore outdoors twice a day for at least two hours
  • Intentional freedom given to toddlers so that they can work independently and take pride in the process they’re a part of, preparing them for the next step to Casa

Include many of the everyday tasks our Toddlers see their parents carry out at home. Our Toddlers take pride in caring for their environment (washing dishes, washing windows) themselves (washing hands, dressing) and others (grace and courtesy including saying excuse me, please and thank you).

Our language-rich environment provides opportunities for both formal and informal language lessons. Our formal lessons include object and picture cards, books, songs, poems and finger play activities, while our informal lessons are embedded in the everyday language in the environment.

Emphasizes the connection between the body, mind and senses. Our manipulative activities for fine motor development include sorting, stacking, matching, sequencing, stringing, cutting and gluing.

Toddlers are given a great deal of freedom with many artistic media from coloured pencils to paints, clay and creating materials. Basic art skills such as tearing paper, pasting, using scissors and learning to handle different art media will be presented.

Practical Life

Include many of the everyday tasks our Toddlers see their parents carry out at home. Our Toddlers take pride in caring for their environment (washing dishes, washing windows) themselves (washing hands, dressing) and others (grace and courtesy including saying excuse me, please and thank you).

Language

Our language-rich environment provides opportunities for both formal and informal language lessons. Our formal lessons include object and picture cards, books, songs, poems and finger play activities, while our informal lessons are embedded in the everyday language in the environment.

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Emphasizes the connection between the body, mind and senses. Our manipulative activities for fine motor development include sorting, stacking, matching, sequencing, stringing, cutting and gluing.

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Toddlers are given a great deal of freedom with many artistic media from coloured pencils to paints, clay and creating materials. Basic art skills such as tearing paper, pasting, using scissors and learning to handle different art media will be presented.

Our Toddler Educators are trained in Early Childhood Education and Montessori Pedagogy, reaching a maximum 5:1 student to teacher ratio

Casa (2.8 years – 5.5 years)

In Tanglewood School’s Casa classroom, our students build upon the independent learning and discovery they learned in our Toddler program. Through the Montessori Curriculum and additional specialty subjects, our Casa students learn independence, responsibility, and respect for others with the guidance of our Montessori teachers.

Our Casa program staff are trained in Early Childhood Education and Montessori Pedagogy, reaching a maximum 8:1 student to teacher ratio.

Why Tanglewood for your Casa Child

  • Our goal is to assist your child in developing a rapport with their environment and to provide them with support as they develop physical, social and intellectual independence.
  • “Help me to do it myself” is the teaching philosophy imbedded in our classrooms where children learn through hands-on experience and teachers “teach by teaching, not by correcting”.
  • Our qualified Educators follow each child’s interest, presenting carefully designed lessons and materials either one-on-one or in a group as your child is ready.
  • Your child will be given the freedom to make choices about their work, where they would like to work within the classroom and with whom.
  • Our prepared environment is natural and aesthetically pleasing with careful consideration given to each item; from the size of of the brooms and dustpans to the colours of the blocks that entice your child.
  • Our outdoor space is an extension of our classroom providing opportunities for your child to connect with nature, where plants and animals become a part of your child’s daily life.

These exercises teach children how to care for themselves, others, and the environment and are often familiar parts of daily life, like pouring, spooning, and tying. Practical Life foundational exercises help to develop muscular coordination along with self-discipline and concentration in preparation for skills like reading and writing.

Through work with sensorial materials the children learn to order and classify impressions of the world around them. By touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and listening, they can explore the physical properties of their environment.

Montessori students learn and understand mathematical concepts by working with concrete materials and then moving into abstract concepts. This provides the children with a solid basis for traditional math principles.

The Montessori environment allows for rich and precise language experiences. We use a phonetic approach to reading and teach in four steps: spoken language, phonetic awareness, creating words (writing), and reading.

The aim of studying culture is to allow our students to experience their place in the universe. Children learn about their culture and others, while building an appreciation and respect for differences. Art and music are presented as examples of cultures, as well as extensions of the sensorial and language activities. Students also learn about other aspects of the world through geography, history, biology, botany, and zoology.

Practical Life

These exercises teach children how to care for themselves, others, and the environment and are often familiar parts of daily life, like pouring, spooning, and tying. Practical Life foundational exercises help to develop muscular coordination along with self-discipline and concentration in preparation for skills like reading and writing.

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Through work with sensorial materials the children learn to order and classify impressions of the world around them. By touching, seeing, smelling, tasting, and listening, they can explore the physical properties of their environment.

Mathematics

Montessori students learn and understand mathematical concepts by working with concrete materials and then moving into abstract concepts. This provides the children with a solid basis for traditional math principles.

Language

The Montessori environment allows for rich and precise language experiences. We use a phonetic approach to reading and teach in four steps: spoken language, phonetic awareness, creating words (writing), and reading.

Culture

The aim of studying culture is to allow our students to experience their place in the universe. Children learn about their culture and others, while building an appreciation and respect for differences. Art and music are presented as examples of cultures, as well as extensions of the sensorial and language activities. Students also learn about other aspects of the world through geography, history, biology, botany, and zoology.

Our Casa student to teacher ratio is 8:1 with a maximum of 16 students per class

Specialty Subjects

Our Specialty Subjects provide an extension to the Montessori curriculum that stimulate even our youngest children by allowing them to explore their creative outlets.

Using a broad range of art media (drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking), students understand creative expression and art appreciation.

The performing arts (singing, dancing, and acting) help to develop children’s listening and communication skills while encouraging imaginative self-expression.

A child’s early experience with music can help to develop language, social, emotional, and physical skills as they simply enjoy this playful art form. In addition to our annual holiday and spring concerts, Tanglewood School offers daily music classes to all programs.

Taking advantage of a young child’s ability to absorb language, Tanglewood School offers French lessons daily to all classes through the use use of immersion style teaching. Our French curriculum includes the use of pictures, games, songs, and simple books to teach French vocabulary and phrases.

We believe that when a dedication to physical health starts young, the effects are overwhelmingly positive. Through engaging activities and outdoor programming, our students keep their bodies moving throughout the day.

Our students learn invaluable skills like self regulation, self discipline, balance and whole brain learning through yoga at Tanglewood School. Plus, children love exploring the different ways that their bodies can move as they develop strength through yoga.

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Using a broad range of art media (drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking), students understand creative expression and art appreciation.

Dramatic Arts

The performing arts (singing, dancing, and acting) help to develop children’s listening and communication skills while encouraging imaginative self-expression.

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A child’s early experience with music can help to develop language, social, emotional, and physical skills as they simply enjoy this playful art form. In addition to our annual holiday and spring concerts, Tanglewood School offers daily music classes to all programs.

French

Taking advantage of a young child’s ability to absorb language, Tanglewood School offers French lessons daily to all classes through the use use of immersion style teaching. Our French curriculum includes the use of pictures, games, songs, and simple books to teach French vocabulary and phrases.

Physical Education

We believe that when a dedication to physical health starts young, the effects are overwhelmingly positive. Through engaging activities and outdoor programming, our students keep their bodies moving throughout the day.

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Our students learn invaluable skills like self regulation, self discipline, balance and whole brain learning through yoga at Tanglewood School. Plus, children love exploring the different ways that their bodies can move as they develop strength through yoga.

Our specialty classes encourage self-expression through creative and critical thinking

Camp Tanglewood

We know that summer and March Break can be difficult for families trying to make temporary arrangements for their children, which is why we offer fun and educational camps! Our camps are full of adventure and feature weekly themes the kids always enjoy. Some of our activities include: gardening, insect study, waterplay, sports, drama, crafts, science, baking, and cooking.

Camp Tanglewood offers fun and educational camps during summer months and March Break for children 18 months to five and half years of age

Before and After School Care

Tanglewood School happily offers before and after school care to make picking up and dropping off your child a less stressful part of your day. Our before school care starts at 7:30 am and our after school care runs from 3:30 pm until 6:00 pm. This is an extension of the safety and comfort of our school program and is an opportunity for children to enjoy indoor and outdoor games with their friends at Tanglewood School.

We provide extended care for our students from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm for no additional charge

Flex Scheduling

Tanglewood School students are given the option between three different flexible schedules that best fit their own schedules. Program options are five days, three days, or two days.

5 Days
Monday - Friday
3 Days
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
2 Days
Tuesday & Thursday