Toddler Rooms A and B are multi-age classrooms with children ages 18 months to 3 years old. There are three full time teachers in each room who regard children as individuals trying to make sense of the world around them. Children are continually exploring their world and developing their ideas. Children are powerful individuals with individual needs. Their temperaments, learning styles and life experiences make them each unique individuals. Children are capable of and encouraged to make choices. Close connections are formed between teachers, parents and friends. These bonds enable children to view their school as a place where they feel comfortable and are nurtured.
The classroom environment is planned with meaning by teachers. Activities are built upon teacher’s observations of individual and groups of children and how they use materials in the environment. Teachers recognize children’s needs and encourage children to test their theories and construct knowledge. The environment is planned with opportunities for children to test those theories.
Areas in the classroom environment:
- Expressive Area- Children explore materials such as paint, clay, collage. As children explore these materials, they use their visual sense to communicate their feelings and to discover how they can manipulate natural materials and make their mark on the world.
- Literacy- Children explore new and familiar places and experiences through books
- Large motor-Equipment is provided to create opportunities that encourage children to develop their large motor skills. A place to jump, run, crawl, climb and roll around. Large and heavy objects are provided for children to move
- Music and movement-Children explore how their bodies move and are able to express themselves.Through music children learn to use their senses to become emotionally involved by hearing and moving.
- Dramatic Play- Children need dramatic play to help make sense out of their world by exploring different roles. Children use this area to test their theories of the world and better understand social situations. Children also use this area to work through their own emotions.
- Block Play- Children test their theories on building. They explore weight, balance, shape and numbers as well as many other properties.
- Outdoor play- Outdoor space is an extension of the classroom where children are encouraged to explore their world. They experience all four seasons. There are areas created out of natural materials for children to use their imaginations and explore as they interact with peers and equipment. Children help maintain flower and vegetable gardens throughout the outdoor space.
Since Toddlers have a natural curiosity of people, their environment is set up in a manner where they have many opportunities to develop their social skills. The teachers make themselves available to support children as they engage with peers.
Toddlers are constantly learning language, and teachers support children as they develop their communication skills. Children are encouraged to share their ideas, their concerns and to make social connections with peers and adults. Toddlers developmentally are working to be independent. Independence is supported and encouraged by teachers as children move through their daily routines, washing hands, dressing for outdoor play, learning to use the toilet, cleaning up after meals and making many choices throughout the day.
Teachers recognize the importance of building a trusting relationship with parents and children. They value ongoing communication, offer support and serve as a resource for parents. Teachers also attempt to create a community atmosphere where everyone is appreciated and differences are celebrated. Documentation of children’s experiences are valued and considered as an important way to communicate with families.
Toddler Room A & B
8:00-9:00 Child Initiated Activity Time
9:00-9:30 Morning Snack
9:30-11:15 Outdoor Play
12:00-12:30 Preparation for Nap Time
12:30-12:45 Story Time/ Quiet Time
12:45-3:30 Nap/Transition to classroom
3:30-4:00 Afternoon Snack
4:00-5:30 Outdoor Play/ Child Initiated Activity Time