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The Toddler program is specifically designed for young toddlers (18 to 30 months old). The classroom is a warm, intimate and secure environment for young toddlers to learn, explore, and grow at their own pace.
Our toddler classroom is designed to encourage;
- Active & Gross Motor Play,
- Language Development,
- Music & Movement,
- Quiet Play,
- Creative Arts and Exploration.
Inside the Toddler classroom, the atmosphere inspires children to be expressive with their body movements and sound. The children are encouraged to play with different varieties of toys, musical equipment, and dance apparatuses. There are tunnels to crawl through, stairs to climb, a ball pit, and tumbling mats. We have a CD player, children’s books, musical instruments and puppets. There are items to stimulate imagination like dolls and accessories, child size soft furniture, toddler size tables and chairs, kitchen sets and play food . We also have action/reaction toys, puzzles and stacking toys. Children have daily experiences with art, sand, water and other sensory materials.
Developmental Overview of the Toddler Years
Children at this age learn by exploring with their hands and mouth. They bang, throw, drop, shake, and put items in their mouths.
- Learning how to use everyday objects is an important development at this age. Kids learn how to use a spoon. They learn to drink from a cup. They learn to comb their hair.
- By age 2, a child typically will have a vocabulary of 50 words. As she learns to speak, she’ll use two- and three-word sentences, like “More juice,” “Me want cookie,” and “Up, up.”
- At 24 months, children can begin to run, kick a ball, and walk up and down stairs (while holding onto someone’s hand).
- Talking begins with babbling, which leads to gradually learning to say and respond to simple words and phrases.
- Toddlers will play in parallel—near another child, but not with that child.
- Crying is the primary means of communication when toddlers’ needs are not being met.
- Similarly, they smile and giggle when they want more of something, and turn their head, shut their eyes, or cry when they want less of something.
The Toddlers have a private playground from the rest of the school. There are rocking and riding toys, play houses, push toys, climbing structures and much more outdoor toys