Toddler Program

Toddler Schedule
6:00-8:00 Arrival and Free Play
8:00-8:30 Bathroom Time
8:30-9:00 Morning Snack
9:00-9:30 Calendar and Group Time
9:30-10:30 Activity Time
10:30-11:00 Bathroom
11:00-11:30 Outside Time
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:30 Bathroom Time
12:30-2:30 Nap Time
2:30-3:00 Bathroom Time
3:00-3:30 Snack
3:30-4:00 Story and Group Time
4:00-5:00 Simple Activities
5:00-5:30 Outside Play
5:30-6:00 Quiet Group Activity

Arrival and Free Play – This time is spent on getting the children settled in for the day. Once all the children have arrived, we will be able to start our busy day.

Clean Up Time – An important time for children to learn to pick up after themselves. They also learn that there is a special place for every toy.

Diaper change/Toilet Training – This is an important time to teach the toddlers how to become independent in toilet usage. We teach them how to use the bathroom in a fun manner to help them retain the information and to make potty training less stressful for the child and teacher. We work on correct procedures of hand washing, tissue disposal, cleanliness of personal area, and the importance of informing an adult when the need to use the potty arises.

Nap – This time is set aside for the children to listen to some soft music, and backs are rubbed. The children will sleep the full two hours to have plenty of energy for the afternoon.

Group Time for the Toddlers – This is the time when the toddlers sit down as a small group to learn how to listen to stories and learn simple songs and fingerplays for increasing their language development. It also increases children’s attention span and teaches them to respect books. It is during this time we practice simple sign language.

Activity Time – Simple art activities and fine motor activities are planned for this time of the day. This time is used to help develop their hand-eye coordination, balance, and language skills. It also stimulates your child’s creativity and artistic abilities. Children learn the proper use of different artistic materials.

Outdoor Play/ Gross Motor – Activities during this time are set up to encourage the use of large muscles. Helping to develop large muscles while young is important for walking, running, bike riding, etc., later on in life.

Calendar – Very basic patterning concepts are taught at this time. Children talk about the days of the week to start to understand time conception.

Preparing for Breakfast/Lunch/Snack – This is the time where the children as young as the young toddlers learn proper table manners (i.e. Grace, saying please and thank you after every request, eating with proper utensils). The children are served a hot, nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack. Each eating situation will be served in a family style manner. The toddlers will have hand over hand assistance with serving to get them used to preparing their own plates. The toddlers will then throw their plates away and wash their hands and face with the help of the Teacher.

Music – A group activity which the infants and toddlers love. Music is played along with actions to the words in the songs. Instruments are also brought out for the fun and experience.

Our toddler room is for children 15 months through 2 years. In this room we emphasize working with our friends, learning new vocabulary, beginning sign language. We also want to familiarize children with their colors and shapes as well as their numbers and letters. Children are encouraged to speak in small and large group activities and show compassion and love for their fellow classmates. We encourage children to resolve disagreements with words rather than negative behavior.