18 Month-2 Year Old Toddler Preschool
Our staff understands that toddlers learn with their whole bodies. They learn more by doing than by being told. Toddlers discover the world on a physical level, so it is expected that they prefer walking, climbing, carrying objects, dumping or dropping objects over sitting, picking up toys or playing only in a designated space. These large muscle activities are the legitimate activity of being a toddler. In planning for the toddler classroom, our teachers are prepared to be flexible and spontaneous. Because they are active explorers, toddlers are eager to try new things and use materials in different ways.
Routines are a valued part of each day, and ample play time as well as instructional time is built into the schedule to keep the children’s interest. The teachers provide one-on-one assistance for hand washing, diapering and potty training, as well as with instructional materials, such as artistic / writing implements, puzzles, eating utensils, etc. Toddlers are working on becoming autonomous, and the teachers provide opportunities for the children to be responsible and make good choices. Toddlers are treated with patience, warmth and respect. Redirection is a technique to help them control their behavior and impulses. Positive discipline and paying attention to the appropriate behavior goes a long way in promoting self-esteem.