The toddler class students are provided with age developmentally appropriate educational materials that help them to reach their educational and physical milestones.
The students are given opportunities to do things for themselves such as putting on shoes, coats, and hats. This is also the time where potty training is worked on both at school and at home. Potty training is not rushed and is done with kind words of encouragement, patience, and awareness of the student’s developing independence. Along with beginning potty training, chores based on developmental readiness are also given to toddler aged students to encourage responsibility and help with autonomy.
- Language Development
Vocalization is heavily encouraged. Students are given the opportunity to finish their own sentences which develops confidence and a stronger vocabulary. Children are reminded daily to “use their words.”
Reading begins when a child is read to. As such, classroom books are read to the students several times a day to further develop stronger vocabulary. As the child gets accustomed to being read to on a regular basis, the child may begin to mimic “reading,” which is an important first step. The child learns to read from right to left and develops stories based on what has been previously read.
- Social Development
Children begin to learn empathy for others by understanding why they feel sad, angry, or hurt. Nice touches and nice words are encouraged with all students. Children are encouraged to pretend while playing dress up as well as engaging in additional free time activities. Socialization occurs when students are playing alongside other students and learn to share, take turns, and work together.
Math is an important part of the toddler classroom. Many different work materials are available such as matching numbers, saying numbers, counting, block stacking, and many other materials to increase early math skills.
- Gross Motor Development
Gross motor development is encouraged by running, climbing, jumping, kicking balls, dancing, and a variety of outdoor activities. Music is used as a means for dance as well as soothing activities.
- Fine Motor Development
Fine motor skills are developed through an assortment of learning materials and activities such as marbles, threading string through beads, sorting small objects by color and shape, along with many more activities.
Students learn the names of objects outside and around the classroom through repeated practice. At this time, the students also learn names for body parts and work to identify pictures on flashcards and other classroom work.
- Artistic Skills
The children are encouraged to express themselves through a variety of artistic mediums. Projects include utilizing paint, crayons, markers, clay, glue, and other various medias.