Our toddler room holds 11 children ranging from 18 months to 3 years of age with 2 caregivers.
Our toddler classroom environment is arranged to promote learning experiences and development in a variety of areas for our toddlers.
Dramatic Play Center – is a place where the children can use their imaginations to pretend and act out the social roles they observe in their daily lives. This center is set up like the home environment with a toddler size kitchen set, dress up clothes, kitchen utensils with spoons, bowls, plates and cups, small table with chairs, and other props.
Library Center – is a cozy area where the children can enjoy a book alone or with another friend or teacher. The children have a variety of sturdy cardboard books to choose from that are displayed on a low book shelf so they can have access to them at all times. This center contains comfortable lounge seats and soft toys or pillows for the children to relax and enjoy their stories.
Construction Center – contains large waffle blocks, large colored blocks and many other building materials. Toddlers love to build towers, but they really enjoy knocking them down. The block area allows for the toddlers to practice small and fine motor skills.
Manipulative Center – is one of our busiest centers! Toddlers love the opportunity to take objects apart, put them back together again and manipulate small objects with their growing control and coordination of the small muscles in their hands. In this center you will find simple puzzles, pegboards, shape sorters, interesting materials to match, various textures to explore and many other materials to work with. The toddlers also practice appropriate ways to use materials in the center by taking them off the shelf, working with them at the table, and then returning them to their correct place at the shelf.
Music and movement – toddlers love music and enjoy moving their bodies to different rhythms and melodies. Music and movement gives the children the opportunity to dance and move to a variety of music such as classical, folk and favorite children’s songs and nursery rhymes. Various instruments are available for the children to make music of their own. We also provide a big blue tumbling mat and a crawl through tunnel for large muscle movement.
Playground (large motor) – toddlers are always on the move! Every day they master more control over their movements and are becoming more aware of what their bodies can do. On the playground, our toddlers can work on their muscles to climb, balance, jump, and really move around! We provide a toddler climber with small slides, a variety of push and pull toys that promote large motor development, balls to throw and catch; and other toys that get our toddlers moving. The goal of outdoor play is to allow the children to move their bodies in a safe and appropriate way.
Toddler Language – Young toddlers are at a stage in their development where they are very sensitive to language and are beginning to steadily increase their vocabulary. Use of simple words and phrases is encouraged in the toddler room. Words and phrases include: hello, goodbye, all done, please, thank you, milk, water, more, up please, stop please, my work and each child’s name.
Extra clothing (2 pants or shorts, shirts, socks)
Cups go home to be washed daily. Crib sheets and blankets go home to be washed every Friday.