The first three years of life are the most fundamental for human development. Children in the Young People’s Community at LMS grow in a nurturing environment filled with fascinating and beautiful materials specially sized for their smaller hands that entice their natural desire to explore and that promote their curiosity. Our toddlers play under the watchful eyes of nurturing teachers, who make appropriate changes in the classroom to support each child’s development. Whether practicing how to pour from a pitcher, singing a numbers song, preparing food, washing and sorting, experimenting with color mixing, or storytelling, our toddlers’ work is joyful and purposeful.
Principles of the Young People’s Community:
• Fostering the development of basic trust
• Supporting the developing sense of self as a unique and separate individual
• Allowing the child active participation in daily routines of self care and care of the classroom environment
• Allowing the child the freedom of movement and exploration in an appropriately prepared environment
• Allowing the child an opportunity to interact and develop social and communication skills with a small group of peers