A versatile program to meet the changing needs of your toddler.
Toddlers (16 to 36 months) are working on their identity; they want to know who they are and who’s in charge .
Toddlers require an environment which supports autonomy. Developmentally, toddlers have boundless energy, insatiable curiosity and a strong desire for independence. Their environment must balance these desires with the need to address safety without frustrating these young learners. Our program will provide toddlers with rich language experiences to promote vocabulary development. Their receptive and expressive vocabulary is the foundation for their future academic and social success. In addition, the classroom will provide a variety of sensory-motor learning experiences with hands on materials which address the foundations of math, science and social development.
As a bonus, our gross motor room and experienced staff will guide your toddler through daily experiences incorporating increased motor coordination in climbing, throwing, running, jumping and walking up steps. Since play is the work of children-how they experience their environment, practice new skills and internalize new ideas will be at the forefront of toddler learning. Through daily play, children learn about the world and engage in activities that encourage their cognitive, emotional and social development. Their play is a continuous process we will foster through our Creative Curriculum and language emersion programs.
Our caring teachers learn from the experiences, knowledge, culture, and child-rearing beliefs of family members.
Classroom, infant/toddler gross motor room and outdoors!
Great teachers understand typical development from birth through age 3. Knowing how the youngest children learn and develop helps professionals closely attune to individual children and their families.
Our teachers understand the application of developmentally appropriate practice and are held to high expectations to maintain this in the classroom because of their education and training.
Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood fields and related experience.
Creative Curriculum for infants and toddlers.
Our culinary arts room is a child appropriate kitchen that will be used to engage children in the process of food preparation. The focus will be on healthy food choices, sustainability and the use of whole foods rather than processed foods. Because the center will have vegetable gardens on the grounds, children will see the process of food preparation from “farm to table”.
They will be involved in the cultivation, composting, harvesting and cooking of a variety of foods. Cooking is an activity which easily integrates academic skills such as science, math and language arts while teaching the children how to work together and follow directions.
This space will allow children to come together in work groups to investigate a variety of topics related to science, technology, engineering and math. The goal here is to have children actively engaged in experiments, projects or exploration that is driven by their natural curiosity.
The lab will provide a space where these projects or experiments can be housed and revisited as children investigate and document their work. Research suggests that intellectual readiness rather than academic readiness may be the key to school success especially in terms of these critical skill areas.
An indoor gross motor room will encourage physical development through different types of play that will incorporate balance, hand-eye coordination, tumbling, dance, yoga, introduction to a variety of balls and calisthenics. Research has stated children do not engage in enough physical activity on a regular basis to incur health benefits. With this and other rising obesity statistics in our children today, we are dedicated to integrating physical activities throughout the day to improve the overall health of the children we serve.
Our creative arts room is equipped with work space and materials for a variety of creative expression ventures. Some examples would be: two and three dimensional art projects; painting; exploring water color; pottery, clay, and wire sculptures; paper mâché, and paper production are just some of the innovative projects we will introduce your children to so they can find different ways to express themselves and work with new materials while expanding their vocabulary. Projects may be individual or in small groups allowing for communication, planning and collaboration.
This room will have soft flooring, vinyl covered ramps, steps and bolsters for young crawlers and toddlers to move freely and safely. Infants need “tummy time” to develop strong trunks and neck stabilization. Toddlers will be able to work on balance, coordination and control in this “soft” room.
Predictability becomes more important to this age group. However, there are still differences in the needs for food, toileting/diapering and rest so there must be some flexibility in the schedule as well.