The Toddler Program

Laying a Foundation

The toddler classroom ranges from 18 months to 36 months of age.  There are up to twelve children and two teachers in this community.  This prepared environment gives the children an opportunity to gain independence and self-confidence by building trust through freedom of movement, order, reality and nature, the role of the adult, beauty and atmosphere, community life, and Montessori materials.  The child chooses their own job from the shelves, brings it to the table or floor, and is able to work with it for however long they choose.  When finished, the child returns their job to its original place as well as rolls up their work mat if working on the floor.  The environment is set up to give the child success in their work as well as challenge them to problem solve.  The materials are self corrective, allowing the child to explore their work as desired.  All the materials are at child’s reach to help develop independence.  The toddler curriculum consists of practical life, sensorial, science, music and movement, mathematics, language arts, history, geography, and cosmic studies.

“The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.”  Maria Montessori

Meet Our Toddler Teachers!

Kari Ethridge

Kari Ethridge graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a bachelor’s degree in Education.  She received her Montessori Infant and Toddler training at the Center for Montessori Teacher Education North Carolina.

She lives in Calera where she enjoys spending time with her husband, Joshua.  She is passionate about teaching young children character traits and helping them grow to their full potential.  She is interested in exercising, cleaning, reading, cooking, and visiting with friends and family over coffee

Jessica Campbell

Jessica was born and raised in Birmingham.  She graduated with honors from Hoover High School in 2007.  Jessica then received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The University of Montevallo.  Jessica began her Montessori Infant and Toddler training at The Houston Montessori Center in Houston, Texas during the summer of 2013.  She completed her training and received her certification in June 2014.  Jessica’s hobbies include needlepoint, knitting, creating art, reading all sorts of books, listening to 60’s music and being an avid animal lover.