18 months to 2 Years
the Little Ducklings room
Upon leaving the Baby Room our babies become ‘Little Ducklings’ where they have the opportunity to grow their wings and further develop their own characteristics, within an environment that is rich in sensory experiences. “Children who are valued and not hurried through their early childhood will become enthusiastic, motivated and active learners” says Janni Nicol, Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship.
Maria Montessori said, “And so we discovered that education is not something which the teacher does, but that it is a natural process which develops spontaneously in the human being.
It is not acquired by listening to words, but by virtue of experiences in which the child acts on his environment. The teacher’s task is not to talk, but to prepare and arrange a series of motives for spontaneous activity in a special environment made for the child”. Little Ducklings provides a calming, welcoming and sensory environment for our toddlers to grow and develop skills of independence. Where we encourage our children to walk and to explore their surroundings.
Our Little Ducklings have the opportunity to explore and investigate using their full range of senses especially as this room houses our piano –which is very popular with all our children.