This unique environment is designed for Toddlers from the age of 18 months until approximately 30 months of age. We will accept a maximum of 12 students in this group, providing a 6:1 student/adult environment. Our goal is always to meet the needs of the children. At this stage of development, a calm, loving and supportive atmosphere is critical. The children’s need for order remains unchanged, while their need for movement, development of language, and quest for information is moving into high gear! The children’s internal need to be independent is becoming a prime goal. “I do it myself” becomes their mantra. The Toddler environment is carefully set up to allow the Toddlers the opportunity to learn to do things themselves, from choosing an activity, learning to put it away, and developing gross and fine motor skills that will allow them to accomplish tasks for themselves. Developing these skills empowers these young children and is critical in the growth of their confidence and self-esteem. The room is filled with a wide variety of activities–appropriate for this stage of development–that foster physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. The materials are changed with appropriate frequency to keep the children interested and engaged. The Toddlers’ need for gross motor activities is met on a daily basis with visits to either their own outdoor playground or time in our Activities Room, when the weather is more conducive to indoor activities.
We see our educational approach as one of “process” versus “product.” Many of the academic areas require certain developmental readiness. As children are developmentally ready to advance, they do! As each child’s skills begin to solidify with the foundational concepts, s/he is able to continue her/his progress to his/her level of challenge.
With age-appropriate exposure in mind, the areas of focus for the Toddlers include: