Toddlers – Ages 18 months to 36 months

Research shows that toddlers learn in the context of relationships with adults and thrive with adults who are sensitive and responsive to their needs. All of our toddler teachers are experienced and are familiar with the key developmental milestones and methods that encourage social, language, and intellectual curiosity. Our teachers understand that toddlers develop at their own pace and grow at their own appropriate level, not necessarily by age.

“The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Two’s” makes up the main curricula utilized in the Toddler Room. This is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear organizational structure and a particular focus on routines and experiences toddlers require. The children are gently encouraged to explore, participate in play, and engage in art activities that foster growth and promote success throughout all developmental domains.

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What does a typical day in the toddler room look like?

Our toddlers are introduced to circle time for the first time! All of the toddler room teachers and students come together as a group to say good morning, to sing, to read, and to share experiences. At the start of the school year, circle time in the toddler room may last a mere five minutes, but as the year progresses and toddlers learn where and how to sit for circle time, this time is gradually extended. Soon all toddlers can be seen clapping, listening, and engaging in fun learning activities.

We know how much toddlers enjoy being read to. Our toddler teachers read books on a daily basis, at least twice a day. Reading is a critical part of our program. Fostering a love of reading and books begins in infancy and creates great reading habits for life.

Each morning the toddlers have an opportunity to express their creativity during project time, which follows snack daily. Whether it be painting, modeling with play dough, drawing with crayons, or gluing collage materials, toddlers explore using their five senses while enhancing their developing fine-motor and decision-making skills and eye-hand coordination, to name a few.

Each child experiences the various activities available at Kid Works learning center such as: Art Expression, Blocks, Group activities – music, storytelling, circle games, etc., Housekeeping, Library and Small manipulative toys (put together and take apart).

The following is a sample daily schedule:

6:30 – 9:00 Breakfast, Free play, Circle activities
9:00 – 11:15 Small group center activities, Attendance, weather, Story telling, Outdoor play
11:15-12:00 Lunch
12:00-2:00 Nap time (story record, soft or classical music)
2:00 – 4:30 Centers, Outdoor Play, Arts & Crafts, Music, Afternoon snack
4:30 – 6:00 Good Grooming, large motor; circle time, and free play

A child will graduate to the preschool class when he/she is toilet trained, his/her language skills are adequately developed, and he/she is able to accept direction.