Toddler (2-3 years old)
Our Two’s classroom offers very young children a unique year of self-development in a tender atmosphere of special understanding, respect and support. Everything in the environment is proportionate to the child’s size and is designed to be safe and aesthetically pleasing for children. The classroom is simpler and slower paced than the Primary (three to entry into first grade) classrooms.
The children are given opportunities to work in the development of language, art and music, sensorial understanding and practical life. The practical life area is particularly emphasized as the activities in this area give children the chance to develop skills to care for themselves and their environment; activities are simple and can be accomplished by each child.
Activities or “work” in the classroom, encourage control of movement, grace and courtesy. They offer repetitive cycles of activity, helping the child establish patterns of order and sequencing. Due to the fact that these are reality-based activities, the children become grounded in reality. All lessons are presented by a teacher to an individual child alone, except when that work requires the participation of all the children together such as music and movement. Through song and dance and freedom of choice, the children have access to a variety of large muscle movements that offer them opportunities to jump, climb, balance, crawl or skip. These exercises, as well as creative art activities and the garden are offered for each child to choose.