Some Toddler 2 children hunted through the classroom's "treasure box": a basin full of dried beans and assortment of small, interesting objects. This sensorial activity refines their visual and tactile perception, and the students are delighted to find a variety of treasures hidden in the beans. The simple motion of running their hands through the box of smooth beans also provides many children with an opportunity to discover long periods of peace, calm and concentration.
In a Montessori classroom, there are many ways for young children to interact socially with their peers. Many children love to observe their friends' activities and absorb a great deal of new information this way. Parallel play, meaning children working side-by-side on separate activities, is also very common at this age. As they continue to mature, they develop the ability to engage in true collaborative play, where they cooperate and socialize as they work together toward a common goal. In these photos, you can observe our Toddler students engaged in all of these different types of social interactions. Over the course of the school year, the Toddler 2 students have formed loving and lasting friendships with their classmates.