The Toddler Program is designed to make a child’s introduction to early socializations a positive experience. The children learn to become a member of a community away from home. Additionally, self-help and pre-academic skills are practiced. At this developmental state, the toddler most naturally will test limits. A toddler delights in the discovery of “power.” This is the beginning of the formation of an identity (separate from primary caretaker) and therefore, an important part of the developmental cycle. We respect the beginnings of a child’s self-awareness. We reward positive behaviors and encourage the child to learn how to choose to be pleasant, fun-loving and caring towards both self and others. Above all, we try to instill a sense of independence and self-accomplishment in each child. We expose the children to the concepts of shapes, colors and quantities as well as encouraging early language skills.
In the toddler classroom we do many fun activities with the main focus being the child’s social and emotional development. The teachers will sit with the children in the block area, kitchen area, and other centers set up throughout the classroom. The teachers play alongside the children to help facilitate and encourage cooperative play, sharing and using words to help them express their wants, needs and ideas.
The older toddler classroom is set up to have more learning centers and a little more structure. There are monthly themes that help incorporate our letters, shapes, numbers and social awareness, but of course play is one of the most important parts of a child’s day. Potty training typically begins in this classroom. We will always discuss potty training with each family as they feel their child is ready to explore the idea of “going potty.” We ask that all families potty train at home in conjunction with school. The combination of encouraging the child to potty train both at home and at school will help to make the potty training experience a success
To regulate own behavior, to feel valued and attached to others, to feel competent and proud about what they can do, to assert their independence.
To communicate a broad range of emotions through gestures, sounds, and over time, words. Also, to express their feelings in appropriate ways.
Develop trusting relationships with nurturing adults, to show interest in peers, to demonstrate caring and cooperation, to try roles and relationships through imitation and pretend play.
To express needs and thoughts using words, to respond to verbal and nonverbal commands, to communicate through language.
To develop gross motor skills, to develop fine motor skills, to coordinate eye and hand movements, and to develop self-help skills.