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Using the toilet is one of the most important ways toddlers work toward independence. Well before the active toilet learning process, you can start preparing for the process by using diaper changing time to connect with the child, communicate clearly, create consistent routines, and involve the child as much as possible.
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  • What is the Montessori approach to toilet learning and when does it begin?
  • Changing the narrative: Gradually inviting the child from being a participant to more of a collaborator, and eventually an independent child.
  • Toilet awareness with infants, and stand-up diapering logistics
  • Preparing the environment for toileting success
  • Invitations and interactions during toileting
  • Stages of active toilet learning
  • Common questions and troubleshooting


  • 63-page e-book on Toilet Learning


  • Parents with children under 3 years old
  • Caregivers (nannies, grandparents, anyone who is taking care of children)
  • Educators who work with young children under 3 years old


  • A holistic understanding of toilet learning as an important milestone in a young child’s development
  • Practical knowledge of how to approach toilet learning in a Montessori way
  • A digital handbook detailing the approach and steps to toilet awareness and toilet learning.
Through this course, I learned that toilet training is not one skill - it involves several skills which we can break down to help the child achieve each small step before being successful in the whole process. It takes time for the child to learn and it can start even from birth. Setting up and following a natural rhythm and routine is recommended. No reward or punishment. Treat it neutrally, or something obviously as other living skills to help the child to understand that it is naturally to know how to take care himself, to help the child become aware of his body, his biological food production process and also his ability to read his own body sign.
Participant of Toilet Learning Course in June 2021


Monique Shen
Monique Shen
Monique Shen is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. After earning her BA in Psychology from Stony Brook University, Monique continued to pursue her interests in developmental psychology and found that her true passion was in early childhood education. She graduated with her AMI Montessori Diploma for the 0 to 3 age group from The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and is currently pursuing a dual master's in Early Childhood and Special Education. Monique has opened and led toddler communities, and has also worked as part of the training team in international Montessori training courses in Mexico City for Nido and Toddler guides seeking Montessori certification.
Laura Kalama
Laura Kalama
Laura is our Nido and Toddler Trainer. Over the past 15 years, Laura has been actively involved in early childhood education. She studied education with an emphasis on music at Bridgewater College, Virginia, then moved to California to work with infant and toddler families. She received her Montessori training from the Prepared Montessorian and served as a Lead Nido Guide before joining our team.
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde
Mariana Serralde is our Senior Trainer. Mariana has been a Montessori educator for more than 20 years, working as a Children’s House Guide, Head of School, Montessori Mentor and currently as a Senior Montessori Trainer. She holds an AMI Primary Diploma from the Montessori Institute of San Diego, a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Second Language Learning. Her passion for Montessori and diverse experience across the world brings about an empathetic approach to spreading Montessori pedagogy. Mariana has worked and supported several teachers and schools throughout her journey, including bilingual Montessori environments at all levels and collaborating in the development of a dual-language Montessori model for one of the first public dual-language Montessori schools.


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