(Approximately 1 year to 2 years)
Our Toddler Environment emphasizes movement and discovery. Toddlers enjoy a loosely structured day that incorporates designated time in the outdoor learning environment, complete with a giant sandbox, open areas to run, climb and dance, multiple opportunities for pretend play, and a variety of musical instruments including bongos and a giant marimba. In the case of inclement weather, our school also features a full-size fully equipped gymnasium. The indoor classroom has a toddler loft and features a full size tree that is large enough for toddlers to go inside and peek out of several places.
Toddlers thrive in an environment where they learn to identify what they see and hear, and rely on the predictability of that knowledge. Because we know that oral language and vocabulary skills in early childhood are particularly important predictors of children’s reading comprehension, our Toddler Environment is rich in literacy including new vocabulary, both spoken and written, in English, foreign and sign language.
Tactile experiences and creative expression art are available to the children each day. Toddlers in the Peoples Church Preschool program are able to use their whole bodies to explore and delight their senses with various materials including chalk, paint, play dough and goop. All children enrolled in our programs work on a variety of independence skills each day. In the Toddler program, the children practice eating with utensils and helping to dress and undress.