TODDLERS (18 months to 36 months)

the_giving_treeAs our little learners continue to grow and explore, they will be introduced to new ideas every day. We want our toddlers to begin to understand what it means to share, how your actions affect others, to have empathy, to practice good manners, and to develop a connection with those around them.
Children are now cognitively developing into the preoperational stage when they will learn to use language. During this stage they struggle to understand concrete logic and have a hard time taking on the perspective of other people.
Social and emotional development at this age consists of children expressing more emotions, initiating social interaction on a more regular basis, and being more aware of who they are and what they can do. Children are interested in exploring the world around them and their level of self-help skills increases.
During this stage of development we will encourage different forms of movement like running, jumping, climbing, walking, and riding. Our staff will provide simple, clear directions, allow time for scribbling, singing, playing with balls, blocks, and movable toys, and will stimulate social interaction and parallel play opportunities.  Teachers will encourage  healthy eating habits and hygiene habits like hand washing and brushing teeth. Our team will praise toddlers for good choices and habits while continuing to play through reading, pretend, introduce numbers, letters,  shapes and colors.
We want this environment to be full of new stimuli and stories that will inspire them to try new things and ask questions. We call the toddler classroom our “Giving and Sharing Room”; It is during this time period where children will really develop a personality and identity. Thanks to our parents, Small Tales has the amazing opportunity to help shape these small people and teach them everything they need to know to be an altruistic, wholesome individual.
We think of Shel Silverstein’s, The Giving Tree, when bringing these themes into our classroom. This childhood favorite is a story of selflessness and teaches kids that it feels good to give. Here children can relate what it means to give to those in need, help a friend, and love something wholeheartedly.

Daily Schedule for Toddler Classroom

 6:30 am – 9:00 am – Arrival/Breakfast/Free Play/Centers/Wash Hands/Diaper

   Changing/Potty

9:00 am – 9:15 am – Circle Time (ABC’s, Numbers, Colors, Shapes, Songs, Story)

9:15 am – 9:30 am – Prepare for Outside Time

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Playground/Outside/Gross Motor

10:30 am – 11:00 am – Wash Hands/Morning Snack/Diaper Changing/Potty

11:00 am – 11:30 am – Fine Motor/Sensory/Music and Movement

11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Arts and Crafts/Science

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm – Wash Hands/Lunch/Diaper Changing/Potty

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Nap Time/Prepare for Outside Time/Diaper Changing/Potty

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Outside/Playground/Gross Motor

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Wash Hands/Afternoon Snack

3:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Centers/Free Play/Diaper Changing/Potty