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The importance of the period from birth to two years old cannot be underestimated, as this is the formative period for personality, trust, thinking, problem solving and independence. Our staff assist the child in developing self-control and self-confidence through communication and real life activities. In a safe and caring environment young children are encouraged to explore and challenge themselves.
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Becoming independent is the basis of the toddler curriculum. Teachers spend much of their time (race against time meaning) helping toddlers learn to dress and feed themselves as well as manage their own toileting. Successful independence is at the core of a child’s self esteem.
The Toddler curriculum also incorporates development of practical life skills, such as washing and drying hands, setting the table, and putting activities away. It is important that toddlers practice little tasks to develop independence, coordination, concentration and sense of order. Routine and repetition help a younger child feel safe and secure.
In addition, children at this age work on the development of language skills. Emphasis is placed on developing conversational language with the ability to tell a story, listen and retell a story, thus laying the groundwork for reading and writing skills in the primary 3-6 program. Toddlers are also introduced to books daily.
And finally, Sensorial skill instruction is found in the toddler classroom. The five senses-touch , sight, sound, taste and smell — are engaged in such activities as food tasting, dancing, and painting, developing a child’s visual, tactile and auditory discrimination.
Music and movement as well as gymnastics round out the weekly curriculum in addition to plenty of outdoor fun and exploration.
- Engage five senses (touch, sight, sound, taste & smell)
- Become independent (dress, feed and toilet train themselves)
- Learn practical life skills (washing/drying hands, set the table and put things away)
- Form coordination, concentration and sense of order
- Development of language skills (listening and storytelling)
- Music & Movement
- Outdoor Fun & Exploration