Two Year Olds
Up to now our programs have been completely individualized to meet the needs of infants, but now we will begin to slowly transition to small group concept. Although child-directed activity will predominate; learning to interact and participate in small groups will be encouraged. Teachers will create weekly lesson plans that will appropriately interest toddlers. Activities will coordinate with the school’s thematic calendar but will be designed to capture the attention of toddlers. Family related topics that bridge the child’s home life with preschool are great vehicles to get young children excited to participate in organized activities.
The daily routine will be consistent and predictable. Organized short periods for reading, music, Spanish, language development activities, arts and crafts, manipulatives will be offered, but children at this age are merely encouraged to participate not required to participate. Our activities are designed to challenge but never stress a child. Open shelves will allow toddlers to be independent while selecting what interests them. This age will continue to learn mostly through play and day to day experiences which is why this classroom will be divided into centers such as dramatic play, manipulatives, large motor/ building block center, art center, math and science center and an inviting reading corner.
At the end of the day, we want our children gleaming with feelings of self-worth as they master new tasks and activities.
Uniquely, a bathroom for supporting potty training efforts is located inside the 2 year old classroom. The potties are the perfect size for little beginners. Teachers will do all they can to support home efforts of potty training.
Our early preschool highlights include but are not limited to the following:
- Build and maintain positive, open relationships with families and children
- Provide consistent and prompt responses to each child’s needs.
- Prepare and maintain a safe, clean, healthy and stimulating environment
- Establish predictable, consistent routines…yet flexible
- Nurture social-emotional growth, socialization and identity
- Foster cognitive development
- Personalize routine
- one on one time with each child
- Promote physical development
- Promote language and communication development and learning.
- Guide, love and protect each child.