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Toddler

The Toddler Program includes children ranging in age from 15 months to 2 years.   A toddler’s needs may change quickly and our teachers are ready to adapt and make classroom changes to accommodate those needs. Our toddler teachers keep their day moving by planning fun and exciting hands-on activities in all developmental areas:

  • Music
  • Stories
  • Art
  • Sensory Tables
  • Dramatic Play
  • Manipulatives
  • Motor Skills

As children grow they will discover the skills of communication as their language skills start to form.  Toddlers also learn the skills required to interact with their peers and how to appropriately express their feelings and emotions. They learn skills like pushing, pulling, stacking, sorting by color and size.

Daily communication between parents and caregivers is strongly encouraged. An individual daily report is sent home detailing each toddler’s day, including feeding, changing, naps and supply needs. We encourage parents to call anytime with questions or concerns.

On a monthly basis, we do an evaluation based of age appropriate benchmarks in order to assess each child’s progress and development.

Below are some of the basic milestones we look for, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:

Movement

  • Walks alone (12-26 mo.)
  • Pulls toys behind him while walking (13-16 mo.)
  • Carries large toys or several toys while walking (12-15 mo.)
  • Begins to run stiffly (16-18 mo.) Walks into ball (18-24 mo.)
  • Climbs onto and down from furniture unsupported (16-24 mo.)
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on to support (18-24 mo.)

Hand and Finger Skills

  • Scribbles spontaneously (14-16 mo.)
  • Turns over container to pour out contents (12-18 mo.)
  • Building tower of four blocks or more (20-24 mo.)

Language

  • Points to object or picture when it is named for him (18-24 mo.)
  • Recognizes names of people/objects/body parts (18-24 mo.)
  • Says several single words (15-18 mo.)
  • Uses two word sentences (18-24 mo.)
  • Follows simple one-step instructions (14-18 mo.)
  • Repeats words overheard in conversations (16-18 mo.)

Cognitive

  • Begins to sort shapes and colors (20-24 mo.)
  • Begins make-believe play (20-24 mo.)
  • Imitates behavior of others (18-24 mo.)
  • Increasingly enthusiastic about other children (20-24 mo.)
  • Demonstrates increasing independence (18-24 mo.)
  • Begins to show defiant behavior (18-24 mo.)

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