Our Toddler

Making Sense of Their World.

The Habitat Toddler program boasts a unique identity within the school, offering a calm, nurturing atmosphere and emotionally safe space that reinforces each child’s emerging skills and builds a sense of community. Learning objectives include language, physical and motor coordination, socialization, sensory and perception, and problem solving. Here, young children are stimulated by activities that challenge, engage, and promote self-esteem and independence. Toilet training is also supported as each child is ready and interested, always in a no-pressure environment. Toddler students at Habitat enjoy active outside play every school day, both in our playground space and our half-acre outdoor classroom.


TOUR Our Toddler

A Day In The Life.

Our toddlers begin their day learning to confidently separate from their parents or caregivers. They are greeted by and learn to greet our toddler staff with warmth and calm encouragement, beginning the daily grace and courtesy routine here at Habitat. Throughout the day, students choose their work in the prepared environment guided by their teachers during the work cycle. Based on their individual needs and development stage, students may also work on potty training/toileting as part of their care for self and independence. Mid-morning, students come together for circle time (music, dance, movement and group presentation) followed by a snack. Every day students spend time exploring and working in the outdoor classroom and exercising their gross motor skills on the playground before ending with farewells as they return to their caregivers.

Virtual Tour Toddler

Meet the Teachers

Ms. Cholpon Meimanilieva

Ms. Cholpon Meimanilieva


Cholpon is the Lead in our Toddler classroom. She trained with Seton Montessori Institute as a Primary and Infant & Toddler guide, spending her practice year with A Children’s Habitat (ACH) in 2011 and remaining a part of the school since that time.

Cholpon first learned about the Montessori education philosophy in 2007, when she and her family moved to the Boston area from Kyrgyzstan. Inspired by the development of her 3-year-old nephew, she decided to learn more about Montessori and quickly became very passionate about it, eventually pursuing a study and career as a Montessori guide. Her four daughters are proud ACH alumni.

Cholpon brings a diverse international background to the school. With BA and Master’s degrees in Political Science and a major in Chinese studies from the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), she studied in Kyrgyzstan, China, and Australia, and is fluent in Kyrgyz, Russian, Mandarin, and Turkish in addition to English.