Each month our teachers concentrate on a different theme and gear activities around that theme. Our curriculum repeats every two years so that each child will receive the maximum benefit from each unit without growing tired of the subjects.
When the children enter our “Young Toddler” program, we begin working toward more structured activities and listening skills. The children continue to develop skills in color, name and shape recognition, and beginning cutting skills. Children are also encouraged to start to develop more self-help and cooperative play skills.
Our “Older Toddler” classrooms work daily on the basic skills necessary for a child to easily adjust to our preschool program (colors, numbers, shapes, name recognition, etc.) as well as following simple routines, developing fine motor skills (puzzles and cutting), expressing wants and needs in an appropriate manner, and coping with peers in different situations (sharing, working together, and patience). Basic writing skills, math, and science are also part of our curriculum. Children are instructed and assisted based upon individual needs. No child is made to do something or held back because of another child.
We provide a variety of age-appropriate toys and activities that will not only entertain your child, but also offer opportunities to learn additional skills.
When the weather cooperates we will spend time outdoors, ranging from a brief walk when it is fairly cool to an hour or two in the summer.
All children under the age of 5 are required by state law to have a rest time. Children who wake up before the rest will be guided in finding a quiet time activity to engage in that will not disturb any sleeping children.
Our focus is not only on education, but also on respect for one another and respect for property. Our disciplinary measures always begin with a warning. The next step is “time out” (one minute per year of age), then we follow up with a discussion to explain why that behavior was inappropriate. If the behavior continues, we separate the child from the other children with a quiet activity (books, puzzles, etc.). Children are never punished for lapses in toilet training or for accidents (spilled milk, for example). We will always bring out standing issues to your attention, and hope you will reinforce our efforts at home. Our staff is here to support our families in every way possible. Please do not hesitate to ask questions or give suggestions regarding your child’s care.
We ask that you begin toilet training at home.
We will follow through and encourage your child while in our care. During toilet learning, parents will need to supply three complete changes of clothing (socks included).
When accidents happen only once every other week, children’s underwear will be used without plastic pants. Do not bring your child in panties or underwear until he/she has naptime and bedtime control established.
Typical Daily Schedule for Toddlers
|9:00-9:10||Transition to Groups With Music|
|9:45-10:20||Gross Motor Skills|
|10:20-10:40||Project Time/Free Choice|
|1:00-2:30||Quiet Time/Nap Time|
|2:30-2:45||Clean-Up/Potty; Snack Preparation|
|3:00-3:30||Gross Motor Skills|
|3:30-4:00||Fine Motor Skills|