Active toddlers require an entirely different type of environment. Our toddler thru Pre-K programs challenge our young children, and our curriculum is built around a set of themes which may be seasonally influenced. Children need to see, feel and touch the concepts around them in order to connect their minds and bodies, helping them to fully engage in the learning process.
There are many skills young children need to learn before formal reading occurs, and those are the directions the body needs to work through in order for reading and writing to happen. With that said, we immerse our children in a print-rich environment. Our rooms are filled with the written word and appropriate books are in ample supply to help enhance the word experience.
The universal language of children is song, so we capture the interest of singing and movement and put it through organizational exercises where children are not only enjoying themselves, but they are learning as they go. Music is a magnificent way to capture their learning ability.
In our two-year-old classroom we develop more formal procedures, as we want children to have more structure in the classroom. Circle time brings children together so that we can develop their auditory listening and social skills. Specialized areas for learning are introduced so children may make choices and play independently as they learn. These types of rituals are very important to build a sense of rhythm and familiarity, which encourages social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.