Our Toddler Program is designed to meet the needs of young children between the ages of 18 months and 2.9 years of age. In the Toddler Program, we encourage the child to explore and discover in a safe and loving environment.
The goals for our Toddler Program are:
- to develop independence
- to enrich language
- to refine developmental coordination and sensory discrimination
- to develop curiosity and cognitive skills
- to develop self-sufficiency
- to develop a sense of order
- to provide experiences that stimulate the senses
- to give the children the opportunity to gain a sense of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence
Our core curriculum focuses on five subject areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics and Culture. In addition to these five areas, the children are also exposed to Music, Art and Brain Gym.
Practical Life exercises prepare the child for all other areas in life. The emphasis is on the process rather than the product. Through repetition of Practical Life activities, children develop and refine the basic skills that will serve them all their lives. Examples of early Practical Life Exercises are: pouring, opening and closing, spooning, bead stringing, polishing and large water activities. These activities are aimed to enhance the child’s development of fine motor control, hand-eye coordination, balance, sense of order, concentration and independence.
Around the age of 2, children’s speech development experiences an explosion of words, soon followed by sentences. The Language materials in the Toddler classroom encourage the refinement and enrichment of language as the first steps on the road to writing and finally reading. Examples of Early Language Activities are: oral exercises like story telling and reading aloud, books, puzzles, naming objects like fruits, vegetables, animals and beginning sound games.
Children learn through their senses, taking in and understanding the world around them. Sensorial activities assist Toddlers in the great task of organizing, integrating and learning about their sensory input. Examples of Sensorial Materials are: knobbed cylinders for practice with dimension, color paddles, tactile exercises like rough and smooth, musical equipment and sorting and shapes.
Toddlers are exposed to the world of numbers through counting games and concrete material. These exercises encourage the development of important pre-math skills such as order, sequence, visual discrimination and sorting. Examples of Math Activities are: stacking and nesting cubes, number blocks, puzzles and sorting and counting numbers.
Children in the Toddler Program will have an opportunity to discover the world around them through lessons on seasons, animals, the elements, and Canada. These lessons will lay the formative groundwork for future educational lessons about our culture and world. Music and Art are explored through a variety of methods and resources. The children will exert their creativity daily, during songs, dramatic play and artistry.