18 months to 36 months
Our Toddler program follows a curriculum that introduces the children to a variety of activities. The Toddlers sing songs daily; they participate in activities that will help improve their vocabulary, and they begin learning how to feed themselves. At TLC, the teachers continue the practice of fine motor skills, concentration, and hand-eye coordination. Circle Time is incorporated into our daily routine where our teachers implement important fundamentals like colors, shapes, numbers, and letters.
Emotional Skills: By two years old, toddlers are experiencing a wide variety of emotions, much more than when they were infants and toddlers. Our teachers guide the children to express their emotions in healthy and safe ways. Caring teachers will show children different ways to convey their emotions, from sadness and frustration to happiness and joy.
Social Skills: As toddlers, your child becomes aware of the other children in the classroom and our teachers encourage group play. We practice referring our TLC friends by name as well as engaging in dramatic play activities, such as the kitchen center and puppet theater. These simple activities set the stage for the preschool years, when children's social skills are more developed.
Communication Skills: At this age, your toddler’s vocabulary expands quickly – he might even learn new words each day. In general, your toddler understands more words than he uses. TLC teachers provide children with the tools they need to communicate within their classroom by guiding them to put their needs into words. During Circle Time, our children are encouraged to identify common objects, shapes, colors, and animals and speak in three-to-five-word sentences.
Gross/Fine Motor Skills: The Toddler Class addresses both gross motor skills, which strengthen the large muscle groups of the body, as well as fine motor skills, which include the smaller finger and hand muscles. Children are impelled to climb, jump, hop, and run on the playground to strengthen their leg muscles. Our two year-olds are reinforcing their fine motor skills during Art Time, while having fun finger painting, making collages, coloring with sidewalk chalk, and creating with clay.
Cognitive Skills: At age two, children's cognitive skills are expanding quickly. We challenge the children to become even more aware of their environment by asking questions and inviting them to solve problems. Teachers provide the children with many activities designed to encourage them to distinguish between textures, to identify shapes and colors, and to begin rote counting.
Character Education: We believe it's important to introduce children to a wide variety of character traits. We introduce a value, such as honesty or responsibility, to your child throughout the program activities. Your child might sing a song about responsibility, as well as be encouraged to clean up after lunch. These simple activities enable them to better understand the society we live in and how to interact successfully with others.
8:00a-9:30a GREETING TIME/BREAKFAST/WASH HANDS
9:30a-10:00a DIAPERING/WASH HANDS/CHILDREN’S CHOICE
10:00a-10:30a CIRCLE TIME
10:30a-11:00a ART CHOICE
11:00a-11:30a WASH HANDS/OUTDOOR PLAY/WASH HANDS
11:30a-12:00p TABLE TOYS/ FINE MOTOR/ MUSIC
12:00p-12:30p WASH HANDS/LUNCH TIME/WASH HANDS
12:30p-1:00p DIAPERING/WASH HANDS/STORYTIME/ NAP
1:00p-3:00p QUIET TIME/ NAP
3:00p-3:30p WASH HANDS/DIAPERING/SNACK TIME/ WASH HANDS
3:30p-4:00p WASH HANDS/INDOOR/ OUTDOOR PLAY/WASH HANDS
4:00p-5:30p FREE CHOICE