For most children ages between 15 to 24 months is their first encounter with school. During this transition from home to a new environment we believe in the importance of creating a strong bond between child and teacher as well as creating a partnership between teachers and parents to support this process. We know that at each stage of life, children take on special developmental tasks and challenges related to their social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. For toddlers, development occurs in all of these areas as they use their senses to gain a sense of security and identity and explore the people and objects around them.
Our toddler curriculum has three key components;
Content– what emerges from goals and objectives? The focus is on helping children to learn about themselves, about their feelings, about others, about moving and doing, and to acquire thinking skills.
Process– what you do to help children. They include strategies for setting up the environment, selecting toys, and materials, interacting with children, and planning activities. Most importantly, the process focuses on decision making. This provides a framework for making decision that are developmentally, individually, and culturally appropriate for each child
Context– the setting in which learning takes place. For children under age three, the relationships are the context. By building strong bonds with children and their families, you create a climate where learning flourishes.
The children and families in our program are the focal points of our work. They are also our equal partners in their children’s education.
- Increased language development
- Interest in joining group of friends
- Starting to develop fine motor skills
- Showing more independent skills
- Desire to explore the environment freely