Considering that the goal of Montessori education is to provide children with an environment that both stimulates and encourages a love for learning, educators must take into account the age group of their class when developing a lesson plan. What is engaging for one age group may not work as well with another. Classrooms for children between the ages of 18 months and 2 years, for example, should serve as a welcoming introduction to education while providing students as well as parents with helpful separation strategies.
As children in this age bracket begin to feel comfortable in the classroom, educators establish a number of age-appropriate goals. Goals include verbal benchmarks such as expanding children’s vocabulary and helping them follow through on single-step directions. Educators should also promote healthy activities outside of academic learning, such as running, crawling, jumping, and climbing.