Toddlers

Welcome to the toddler curriculum.  During this year, it is important that your child’s social and emotional skills are enhanced.  Learning through play is the richest way to learn. Your child will enjoy role playing in different centers while using his/her creative imagination and various props to create familiar situations.  Be careful of what you do and say; we may see it in our classroom! Working in small groups will help children interact with others by learning to share, taking turns, and talking with one another in appropriate ways.  We will give your child the tools to help him/her be successful while playing with others.

Our curriculum is based on learning through songs, finger plays, repetition, play, and books.  Please note that toddlers are not forced to sit in circle; children are asked to join in the following activities; however, some may choose to continue exploring centers in the classroom. Here are some highlights of our Toddler’s curriculum:

Theme and Bible Story of the Week:

  • School-wide theme and bible story of the week
  • Open-ended questions and discussions to enhance thinking and listening skills
  • Visual aids and props used to aid in learning

Math Skills:

  • Large group twice a week
  • Small group instruction once a week
  • Skills include: colors, shapes, sorting, big/little, and counting aloud with teacher
  • Math activities and manipulatives present in various centers

Sensory Skills:

  • Touch and visual exploration in centers and activities
  • Problem solving and discovery
  • Sensory table available at least two times a week
  • Outdoor learning center available to classrooms: garden, picnic, and music area

Social and Emotional Skills:

  • Learn skills through play in centers: dramatic play, block, manipulatives, sensory, art, music, and library
  • Character education traits discussed daily with monthly themed traits
  • Large/small group and individual instruction on handling situations

Language Skills:

  • Opportunities to express self during circle activities:  open-ended questions, weather, Pledge of Allegiance, theme of week, Bible story of week, group songs, stories
  • Shine Time will be scheduled at least once a month per child (Please note that this is like Show & Share; however, they will not bring an item from home.  They will be asked to “shine” in front of their friends. They may sing a song, jump five times, tell about what they ate for breakfast, etc.)

Fine and Gross Motor Skills:

  • Play daily on playground, in the Rumpus Room, and in the gym weather permitting with age appropriate toys
  • Teacher-directed classroom art with use of chunky crayons, markers, chalk, Play-Doh, paint, etc.
  • Movement activities in classroom