Our goal is to partner with parents and give each toddler the best opportunity to develop as an individual. Nurturing teachers design the curriculum to fit the individual needs of your toddler and provide daily learning opportunities. We believe that children at all levels need to explore and discover the world around them. Although a large part of our day involves playing in the fresh air, laughing and having fun, teachers are always looking for opportunities to develop your child’s cognitive, fine motor, large motor, and social and emotional skills.
Creative Corner is a language-rich environment, every day our teachers are reading books, singing songs, encouraging children to name and point out objects around the classroom, and asking open-ended questions and seeking children’s individual responses.
The toddler classroom is designed to encourage children to explore their surroundings. Several learning centers are set up around the room, and during play times, toddlers venture freely from center to center. At one learning station, your child can put together a puzzle, at the next, children are pretending to bake a cake. These hands-on activities spur growth and learning skills.
Goals for your toddler include:
- Building a positive self-image
- Developing responsibility, such as cleaning up after play time
- Respecting peers and building friendships
- Using words to express feelings, such as asking a friend to share
- Making choices and learning likes and dislikes
Teachers communicate daily through verbal and written reports; you will always feel part of your child’s school day. We encourage you to talk to teachers regarding any questions or concerns you may have. In addition to verbal communication and daily sheets, our toddler program uses a developmental assessment tool called the Ounce Scale.
The Ounce Scale was developed by Pearson Early Learning, a well known authority in early education. Developed from research and fieldwork, the Ounce Scale uses a variety of approaches to track the accomplishments of your toddler while including you in the process.
The Ounce Scale helps maintain and strengthen teamwork between parents, toddlers and teachers. The tool’s main focus is on what children can do, not what they can’t do. The Ounce Scale is organized around six major areas of development:
- Personal Connections: It’s About Trust
- Feelings About Self: Learning About Me
- Relationships With Other Children: Infant Talk
- Exploration and Problem Solving: Toddler Discoveries
- Movement and Coordination: Toddlers in Motion