For Children 18 Months To 3 Years

The Shadowridge Montessori School’s Toddler program is an English and Spanish bilingual early childhood education program that offers a child-centered, developmentally appropriate environment that encourages children to explore and learn at their own pace.

The program offers an educational, nurturing, child-centered environment designed for children aged 18 months to 3 years old.

Using the Montessori philosophy, the teachers are the children’s guides and emphasize independence, self-direction, and hands-on learning, with a focus on cultivating a child's natural curiosity and love of learning in two languages.

Here are a few key aspects of the Montessori Toddler program:


The Montessori philosophy is based on the belief that children have an innate desire to learn and that they should be given the opportunity to explore and discover at their own pace. At the Shadowridge Montessori Toddler program, children are inspired to develop independence and self-confidence through practical life activities, such as pouring, spooning, and buttoning, and sensorial activities, such as sorting, matching, and grading. The program also emphasizes language development, both through conversation and through the use of materials such as sandpaper letters and moveable alphabets.

Prepared Environment

In the Montessori classrooms, teachers build each child’s social and academic development into a world created just for them. The classrooms are designed to be safe, welcoming, and developmentally appropriate for toddlers. They are equipped with a range of Montessori materials and furniture to support hands-on exploration and learning.

Individualized Learning

Observing each child closely to provide individualized instruction and guidance is an approach to education that focuses on meeting the unique needs and interests of each individual child. In the Toddler program, teachers observe, assess and create a custom curriculum to help individually guide children. This form of education motivates children to work at their own pace and to follow their interests to build the confidence needed to love learning.

Practical Life Skills

Practical life skills are an essential part of the Montessori method and are incorporated into the curriculum of the Toddler program. These life skills guide children to develop independence, self-confidence, fine motor skills, concentration and coordination and consist of food preparation, cooking, gardening, sewing and dressing themselves. These skills promote a sense of responsibility and respect for oneself, others, and the environment, which are important values in the Montessori philosophy.

Sensorial activities

The Montessori approach emphasizes sensory exploration, and toddlers are provided with materials that inspire the exploration of color, texture, sound, and smell such as sound cylinders, bottles with smells, color tablets, color sorting, tactile boards and geometric solids. These sensorial activities are designed to provide children with a rich sensory experience that helps them understand the world around them while developing their senses and cognitive skills.

Language development

Language development is a central focus of the Montessori curriculum. Toddlers are at a critical stage in their language development, and Montessori educators believe that providing them with a rich language environment and opportunities for language exploration is essential for their growth and development. Toddlers develop their vocabulary through conversation and through the use of materials such as objects that represent letters of the alphabet, picture cards with corresponding words, and matching games that help toddlers associate words with their meanings.

Our bilingual program exposes children to English and Spanish throughout our educational programs. Our guides speak both languages throughout the day, promoting cultural understanding and linguistic versatility. This bilingual component adds a rich dimension to their learning journey.

This bilingual addition highlights the importance of bilingual education in the Montessori curriculum and how it can help toddlers develop their language skills and understanding of different cultures. It also shows how the bilingual component of the program is integrated into the daily activities, providing children with opportunities to use both languages throughout the day.

Social and Emotional Development

Young children need to develop their social and emotional skills in order to succeed in school and in life. A Montessori classroom is the perfect prepared environment for them as children are guided to build positive relationships with adults and peers, develop self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-esteem, given a sense of responsibility and accountability, and foster empathy and respect.

Parent Involvement and Support

In order for children to excel in a Montessori program, they will need support from home. There are many opportunities for parents and guardians to observe their child's progress, participate in classroom activities to learn how to support their Montessori child as well as communicate regularly with their child’s guide/teacher. Other involvement includes creating a Montessori-inspired home environment and fostering independence and self-discipline at home to further reinforce what children learn at school.

 Toddler/Two Yr Old Program Tuition*

(18 months – 3 years)

Full Day Program month*

7:00AM to 6:00PM


5 days $1540

3 days $1280

2 days $1000

Half Day Program month*

8:30AM to 12:00PM


5 days $1150

3 days $1030

2 days $690

* Note: The Two Year Old Program's Half Day option is from 9:00am to 12:30pm 

*Monthly tuition is due and payable in advance on the 25th of the month for the following month. Tuition is considered late and subject to a $25 late fee if not paid in full by the 1st of the month. 


Drop in Day:

Drop-in days must be arranged in advance, are based on availability, and here are the fees:

  • Full Day $75
  • Half Day day $55

Other Fees

  • $200 One-time non-refundable Registration Fee is due upon enrollment.
  • $200 Yearly Materials Fee is due every August.

Plan A

Monthly Installments – These payments are the same amount each month regardless of the length of each month and are non-refundable.

Plan B

Yearly – Single payment of complete school year less 5%.

Shadowridge Montessori School is a private Montessori preschool consisting of children ages 18 - Months through Kindergarten located in the heart of Shadowridge, California (92081) within San Diego County. Surrounding cities are Vista (92081, 92083, 92084), San Marcos (92078) and Oceanside (92056) communities.

Enroll your toddler at Shadowridge Montessori School to get one step closer to guiding your child to develop independence, practical life skills, and a love of learning through the Montessori approach.

Shadowridge Montessori School has a non-discriminatory policy relative to gender, race, color, and national origin with respect to the admission of students and the employment of faculty and administrative staff.