Toddlers learn with their whole bodies – not just their heads. They solve problems on a physical level – “Me do it” shows the drive for independence.
Our goal in the toddler room is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children feel secure and loved. In the beginning stages of learning, toddlers are full of interest and curiosity with the world around them. Every day is full of new challenges and exciting discoveries.
We believe in encouraging their interests and praising their efforts. This is the foremost building block in helping children develop independence and develop a strong sense of self-esteem and self-worth.
Most of your child’s day is spent socializing through play with the other children. Part of the play will be structured – such as marching around the room to music, while other time ls spent doing activities your child chooses. Our toddlers take an afternoon nap at noon and are awakened at 2:30 pm.
Our day consists of many activities, both structured and unstructured. Lessons are designed to stimulate your child, by age and abilities, and to touch on the following developmental areas:
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Creative Arts
- Science – such as nature walks, visits from animals, cloud watching, blowing bubbles
- Math – such as using toys and other fun objects to learn the difference between “big” and “little,” finger plays and songs that incorporate numbers, counting objects in the room or on our craft projects
- Social studies – such as group time, learning the names of teachers and friends, and spending time with a special friend while doing a project
- Learning centers for art, dramatic play, and tools are also an enjoyable part of your child’s day. During this time, your child is engaged in a small group of one or two children. This approach allows your child to express his or her own creativity while interacting with others.