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Metairie Toddler Community

Upon entering the Toddler classroom in Metairie, you can feel the love and warmth that the toddlers experience on a daily basis.  A neutral color scheme promotes calmness throughout the class. Everything is designed with the 1—2 year old child in mind, including low-rise shelves that provide easy accessibility for choosing “work.”  Our room meets the children’s needs for tranquility, beauty, security, order, and learning. In this “Prepared Environment,” the child can easily focus on the shelves that are prepared with activities designed to meet the child’s interests and budding competencies. These activities encompass: vocabulary building, sensorial stimulations with sound, touch, smell, and sight, and practice with eye/hand coordination. 

The toddler’s days are filled with love and encouragement. At group time the toddlers not only sing songs, they sign them. Story time, art activities, cooking, and outside play are a daily part of the toddler’s day. The children participate in table cleaning along with learning to sweep and wipe spills.  Social skills are emphasized daily as is verbalizing their wants, needs, likes, and dislikes. Great attention is given to helping the children identify their feelings and express them appropriately. 

Many modern neuroscientists have come to the same conclusion as Dr. Montessori-- that it is in the first three years of life the brain absorbs more information than at any other time. We know that your toddler will greatly benefit from the loving, encouraging environment that is prepared just for your child’s needs and absorbent mind.

 

Tamarra James
Toddler Community Directress

Ms. Tamarra joined our Kinder Haus team in March of 2002 and is the proud mom of two wonderful sons. Organization, patience, flexibility, and joy are some of her best qualities. Ms. Tamarra has worked in various child care settings and worked with 3 and 4 year olds every summer as part of the Jefferson Parish Man-Power Program.

She completed her Montessori Certification in January 2006 through NAMC. We appreciated all of her outstanding contributions and dedication to our children, their parents and coworkers.

 

Michele Trosclair
Toddler Community Directress

Ms. Michele joined our Kinder Haus staff full time in January 2010. She is the mother of two children, Brianna and Brian. She has previous experience working in traditional preschool programs. Ms. Michele received her Montessori certification through North American Montessori Center. Some of her interests in her free time are reading, writing, being outdoors, and spending time with her children.

 

Cierra McEvoy
Toddler Community Afternoon Enrichment Directress

Ms. Cierra originally joined Kinder Haus as a Substitute Teacher in the early spring of 2015. She is crossed trained in all three classes. We are so excited to have her as a full-time member of our Team! Ms. Cierra is extremely caring and understanding of the children’s needs and knows just how important it is to hear the voice of the child. Thank you Ms Cierra for sharing your nurturing and loving spirit with the children of Kinder Haus!