We have three separate toddler classrooms for children from 18 months through 3 + years. Children are transitioned from these daycare classrooms based on their age, developmental progress and potty-training status. Children stay in the toddler classrooms until they are significantly advanced in potty training at which time if they are also 3 years of age, they will be promoted into one of our Preschool classrooms.
Our Toddler Classes use a center based approach to learning. Teachers use the Pinnacle curriculum, developmental checklists and age level training to devise activities in our learning centers within our center wide weekly thematic topic. They will use a variety of arts and crafts activities to develop the children’s fine motor skills and to create beautiful works of art for their parents. The teachers use books, rhymes and music to teach colors, shapes, and the start of letter and number recognition.
Activities focus on the development of fine and gross motor skills including self sufficiency in feeding, pottying and self-care. There are at least 2 daily circle times for teacher led activities including story telling, singing, flashcards and other learning manipulatives.
Toddler classes also focus on potty training for each child. Teachers and parents work together to make the potty training experience easier for children. We have potty-training books available to help parents along in this process.
The toddlers have their own outside play area with a variety of surfaces and structures to help develop their gross motor skills. We have stationary climbing equipment, riding cars, and play houses for imaginative play. The gym has riding toys, playhouses, balls, and parachute games for the children to use on rainy or very hot days. The outdoor free play time, organized games and gym time are designed for physical development and, just importantly, for building social skills as children learn to share and play together.