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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
- 1. Matching a cut-out piece and its outline.
- 2. Assembling a Simple Puzzle
- 3. Matching Geometrical Shapes
- 4. Distinguishing Same from Different
- 5. Tracing and Matching Shapes
- 6. Matching Numbers
- 7. Identifying Objects belonging to a Specific Group
- 8. Looking at a Sequence of Events
- 9. Focusing on a Moving Object
- 10. Matching Objects and Pictures by Concept
- 1. Clipping clothespins onto a rim
- 2. Placing objects “in” and “out”
- 3. Putting lids on and off
- 4. Unwrapping Objects
- 5. Picking Objects Up with a Magnet
- 6. Putting Pieces in and Out of a Puzzle
- 7. Stringing Objects
- 8. Transferring Objects Using the Pincer Grasp
- 9. Transferring from One Container to Another
- 10. Transferring from One Container to Another
- 1. Identifying Colors in Color Booklets
- 2. Matching Pairs of Objects by Color
- 3. Identifying the Ten Basic Parts of the Body
- 4. Identifying Objects by Feel
- 5. Matching Objects by Pattern and Texture
- 6. Working with Play Dough
- 7. Identifying “Loud” and “Soft” Sounds
- 8. Identifying Sources of Sounds
- 9. Identifying Smells