Toddler program

Toddlers are very busy exploring the world around them.  They are developing independence every day, an experience which is both exciting and challenging.  Toddlers are curious and energetic, and enjoy interacting with other children their age.  Young children learn most through play and every ‘play’ experience in our toddler classrooms is an opportunity for learning and development. Language development is also extremely important at this age.  Between 12-24 months a toddler begins to express himself/herself with words.  The children are spoken to frequently, and we encourage them to engage in conversation with their friends and teachers during play and learning experiences. Daily routines are opportunities to build positive relationships with adults and children and to promote trust.  These routines include hellos and goodbyes, diapering and toileting, snacking and mealtimes, nap times, and getting dressed. Goals:

  • Improve eye/hand coordination
  • Develop gross and fine motor skills
  • Explore art through color and texture
  • Name body parts
  • Identify animal sounds with correct animals
  • Identify and name familiar objects
  • Sort and group objects
  • Form phrases and small sentences
  • Begin to recognize that other people have feelings
  • Use body to express emotions
  • Begin increasing attention span
  • Develop healthy toilet habits

Activities:

  • Early literacy and language experiences
  • Imaginative play
  • Science and math discovery
  • Blocks and transportation
  • Fine and sensory motor activities
  • Music and movement
  • Arts and crafts
  • Stories, nursery rhymes
  • Simple finger plays
  • Outdoor play
  • Seasonal activities