Program

Toddler Cottage

Welcome to the Toddler Cottage

The Toddler Cottage is a warm, secure setting that feels like home. Toddler students are building their language skills, social awareness, creativity, independence, and gross and fine motor development. Classroom materials promote exploration of the senses, advancement of practical life skills, as well as a sense of order. Materials are rotated frequently and become increasingly complex throughout the year. Imaginative play is encouraged daily, creating an environment where learning is fun and purposeful.


Daily Life

List of 5 items.

  • Work Time

    Students engage in constructive activities of their own choosing, and are free to move at their own pace. Teachers are there to provide support and guidance; helping children find new jobs that keep them engaged and developing new skills. Art projects take place regularly during work time.
  • Outside Play

    Outside time is a favorite part of the school day for Marin Horizon toddlers. Whether playing in the sandbox with friends, riding around the track on tricycles, climbing up the structure and sliding down the slide, visiting the playhouse, jumping on the trampoline, watering the garden, or playing at the water table, our toddlers enjoy a contained and safe environment in which to develop gross motor skills and social skills. They explore, discover, and have lots of fun!
  • Circle Time

    During circle time, toddlers enjoy a sense of community and belonging while learning poems, songs, and stories. Curricular themes are also presented and discussed, new activities are modeled, birthdays and holidays are celebrated, and parents sometimes visit to offer guest presentations. Circle time is a joyful, participatory time where our toddlers experience what it means to be part of a community that listens, shares, and learns together.
  • Excursions

    Toddlers regularly travel to Marin Horizon’s main campus to enjoy the big playground, the garden, and play with their buddy class. Each year, toddlers also visit the local fire house and the recycling center. These two trips are the source of many great conversations that develop vocabulary and shared experience in the community.
  • Potty Training

    The faculty supports students wherever they are in the potty training process. All potty activity is recorded for each child every day, and most toddlers are potty trained by the end of the school year.

Program Options

3, 4, or 5 days

Morning program is 8:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.

Extended morning care available from 8:00 a.m., naptime from 12:20–3:00 p.m., and afternoon care from 3:00–5:30 p.m.

Core Schedule

8:20 - 9:00am Arrival at assigned time

9:00 Work time

10:20 Circle time

10:40 Snack

11:20 Outside play

11:55 - 12:20 Lunch

12:20 - 12:50 Pick-up

Teacher : Student Ratio

1 to 6

Current Parent

From day one to graduation, the one constant is that our children are 'known' for who they are and allowed to be themselves.

Toddler Teachers

    • Site Director and Head Teacher

      Catherine Hills

      Site Director and Head Teacher

    • Teacher

      Cheng Compton

      Teacher

    • Teacher

      Susan Smith

      Teacher

    • Teacher

      Jennifer Spielberg

      Teacher

    • Teaching Assistant

      Laura Burke

      Teaching Assistant

Our mission is to challenge students to be self-reliant thinkers and lifelong learners. We inspire academic excellence, nurture students’ natural love of learning, and encourage them to be confident, creative individuals who are responsible to each other, the community, and the world.