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Montessori on the Mall is located just off the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver in the Independence Plaza building. The building runs the entire block from 16th to 17th and Curtis to Arapahoe and is located across the street from the Clock Tower. Businesses on the 16th street side of the building are Rock Bottom Brewery, Paradise Bakery, and Tokeyo Joe's. Our suite is located at the 17th and Arapahoe entrance of the building on the Plaza level.

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Bright Horizons Montessori on the Mall

(303) 446-8916

Our Toddler / Twos Program

“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” -Dr. Maria Montessori

Each toddler is treated as a unique individual, encouraged to exercise their growing autonomy and expanding language in carefully prepared, safe, and orderly surroundings. Our planned environment space promotes exploration, independence, order, and freedom of choice and movement.  It is carefully designed with defined learning areas, and open to allow plenty of room for social interaction and activities required for the toddler's growth and brain development.

At Bright Horizons, we love the “No!” attitude of toddlers and twos because it’s an assertion of autonomy that leads to new developmental opportunities like increased body control and expression of feelings. Only when children feel a sense of personal power (“I can affect things”) are they ready to move to the next critical task of realizing a sense of competence (“I can achieve things”). As active learners and problem-solvers, children develop genuine confidence and a sense of who they are in the world.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are our families.

"Dear Ms. Aprill, Thanks so much for your hard work! You always keep the classroom organized and make sure every student is learning and cared for at every moment - we really appreciate it! We hope Adeo is in your mini class!!"

Our Curriculum Components

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori

  • Practical Life Exercises such as pouring, sweeping, buttoning, and setting the table, are opportunities for children to learn to care for themselves and their environment. Daily lessons of grace and courtesy help toddlers learn about sharing and being considerate of others.
  • Aids to Independence Activities are provided to help children gain independence and develop the powers of focus and concentration, along with fine and gross motor movement.
  • Sensorial Sensory experiences are designed to facilitate hand-eye coordination, small muscle control, and spatial relationships.
  • Language During this sensitive period for language, toddlers learn to express themselves with words, to expand their vocabulary, and to develop a love of literature. This is also the perfect time to introduce a sequenced foundation of literacy skills in both small groups and individually.
  • Peace Peace lessons give toddlers the skills to work through anger and frustration in a positive way, while encouraging tolerance, cooperation, and respect for others.
  • Art Toddlers experiment with many different art mediums and are encouraged to focus on educational gains learned through the process, not the product.
  • Outdoor Environment Our outdoor spaces are a natural extension of the classroom where children can dig, rake, climb, and practice large muscle control. Outdoor environments allow freedom to explore and express.
  • Foreign Language Children acquire new languages most naturally at this age, as all languages simply contribute to their word bank.
  • Music During the toddler phase of brain development, music is another “language” that stimulates mathematical ability, vocabulary acquisition, and speaking skills. From early exposure to music, music appreciation and rhythm sense develop naturally.

Learning at Home

Play Dough Recipe

You Will Need:

1 cup salt 
1 cup flour 
2 cups water with food coloring 
2 tablespoons oil 
Optional: add 2 teaspoons cream of tartar to make dough last longer
Large saucepan
Cookie cutters 
Rolling pin 
Tray 
Airtight container for storage

Directions:

Have your child measure and mix dry ingredients in a saucepan and stir well. Slowly add water and stir well. Then, you can cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly. When it has formed a lump, put it on the tray to cool. After it is cool, invite your child to play with it while you are cooking dinner.

Tip:

Let your child choose the color of the food coloring. You may need to help your child measure ingredients. While mixing them, talk about the changes you see. While your child is playing with the dough, ask him what he is making. Store the dough in the refrigerator.


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