Every child develops at their own pace. We use guidelines and standards developed by State and National organizations for early childhood development to help create the best age appropriate activities for the children. The toddler rooms run on a structured yet flexible schedule that provides opportunities for learning and developing to take place naturally. We provide free play, guided play, and structured lesson times. Early Spanish language lessons are provided for the children weekly.
Scotty’s teachers provide a multitude of activities for the children every day. We have both planned activities which you will find on your monthly calendar and non-planned activities that happen naturally throughout each day and rely on the creativity of the teachers to enhance every day happenings into teachable moments.
Planned activities follow our monthly curriculum. Our curriculum consists of a weekly theme related to child development. Some examples of our themes include “Transportation”, “My 5 Senses”, “Friendship”, “Seasons”, and “Outer Space” (just to name a few). Each day is filled with theme related activities that enhance social emotional development, cognitive and language development, as well as physical development. We do an arts and crafts project every day. Art encourages the children’s development of fine motor skills with the use of paint brushes, ripping paper, gluing and finger painting. Art also encourages the children to create things and use their imaginations while learning. Early Spanish language lessons are provided for the children weekly. Our planned afternoon enrichment activity also follows our weekly theme. The activities range from fine or gross motor activities, social skill enhancement, to early science, math and technology.
Some Non-planned activities we like to do in Toddler 2:
Bubble Dance-The children in Toddler 2 are all really active!! They love to run and dance around all day, so we like to bring out the bubbles and put on music at the same time! The children love to move their little bodies around trying to catch the bubbles as they feel the beat of the music.
Spaghetti Colors– This activity is always a favorite! All we need is colorful pipe cleaners and a colander. The children are asked to find the specific color we say, and try to weave it through the holes in the colander. We learn our colors and work on our fine motor skills at the same time.