- Toddlers ~ 13 to 24 months.
Safe, Secure, and Nurturing Environment
Children in the Toddler program are developing communication and academic skills and learning self-help skills, such as table manners, toilet care, and dressing themselves. Social skills such as sharing toys and positive interactions with peers are stressed throughout the day. The positive atmosphere in the toddler room enhances a child’s good feelings about him/herself and those around him/her.
For Toddlers, play is their work and learning evolves from it. They will leave the Toddler program having been exposed to such skills as: following simple instructions, identifying animals and their sounds, identifying basic colors, utilizing various types of art materials, building blocks, stringing beads, doing simple puzzles, sitting for stories, singing, and other group activities, understanding that there are numbers and letters and recognizing some of them, beginning to recognize one’s own name and understanding concepts of big and little, over and under, in and out, up and down. Learning and interest centers are an active part of the curriculum. Books are read to the children every day. The children have opportunities to work in smaller groups and make specific choices in the following areas: Housekeeping, easel painting, gluing, play dough time, sandbox (measuring/pouring), dollhouse play, car mat/cars, match-up games, tool center, and Lego table. This time encourages necessary social skills- kindness/sharing taking turns, taking care of classroom property and using it properly, and settling conflict appropriately. The teachers move from area to area to monitor, encourage and assist them when and where needed. Weather permitting; we have two outdoor play periods a day. Our playground is age appropriate and beautiful. As we plan our day, we keep in mind that children need a balance of free and directed play and of play and quiet times. We enjoy what we plan to do with the children and our enjoyment transfers to them.
The Toddler class works on introducing potty learning and our goal is for each child to be potty ready before moving into the next class.
BCDC Learning for Toddlers
Designed around the latest scientific early brain development research, this year-round program focuses on enhancing the simple joy of childhood while equipping caregivers to nurture curiosity through exploration. Frog Street Toddler, created by Dr. Pam Schiller, incorporates Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline® and includes 52 weeks of activity choices specifically created for children ages 18-36 months. Activity choices:
Are organized around five developmental domains.
Offer differentiated instruction options to meet the needs of all learners.
Can be easily infused into daily routines, such as diaper changing, transitions, and outdoor play.
Are designed with intention and purpose to move children forward in their development.