Toddler Program

Young Toddler 1

Our toddler classroom provides care to children 16 months through 36 months (3years) of age.  The classroom provides structure, routine and consistency to toddlers.  This is the age where the children learn how to be an individual and make their own decisions.  The teacher’s guide the children in making appropriate choices and interacting with those around them.  They also demonstrate and encourage play with various materials.  The teachers in the toddler classroom help to foster the natural curiosity and imagination in each child.  This classroom also provides assistance in potty training your child and teaching them the self-help skills they need to move on to the preschool classroom.

Toddler Curriculum

Kidz Paradise offers an Emergent and Integrated Curriculum Model to all the children in the building.  We encourage the children to use their senses to explore and learn about the world around them.  We look at the interests of the children in our care and research activities that will help these interests to flourish in each child.  All the teachers in our program extend the educational experiences across each developmental domain.  Our goal is to provide the children with the gradual progression of educational and self-help skills they need to succeed in future schooling.

In the toddler classroom, this means the teachers use the interests of the children to explore the world around them safely.  As they see, feel, smell and hear the world, the teachers help to promote this curiosity in healthy ways. They ask the children questions and help to answer all the “why” and “what” questions that the children have.  We use books, toys, nature, real life, pictures, and technology to provide the children with the opportunities to connect learning to life. We strive to use the interests of the children across each developmental domain.  The teachers also help the children to create fun artwork for the parents to see the progression and growth of their child.

 

Emergent curriculum emerges from the children, but not only from the children (see “Sources of Emergent Curriculum,” p. 68). Curriculum emerges from the play of children and the play of teachers. It is coconstructed by the children and the adults and the environment itself. To develop curriculum in depth, adults must notice children’s questions and invent ways to extend them, document what happens, and invent more questions. The process is naturally individualized.  http://www.naeyc.org/yc/files/yc/file/201203/Heritage_v67n2_0312.pdf 

Integrated curriculum is a way to teach students that attempts to break down barriers between subjects and make learning more meaningful to students. The idea is to teach around themes, or “organizing centers” that students can identify with, such as “The Environment,” “Life in School,” or more traditional areas like “Myths and Legends.”  http://www.archeworks.org/projects/tcsp/ic_guide_p2.html

 

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Toddler Daily Schedule

Older Toddler Daily Schedule