Toddlers

Toddlers

18 months to 3 years

Toddlers

At Sweet Angels, we know that toddlers are extremely curious and eager to explore the world around them. Providing them with an environment that is both safe and interactive is key to helping them with their physical, social and educational development. Our rooms are colorful and full of age-appropriate toys and activities that will foster their growth during this very important stage. Our well-trained and compassionate staff recognizes that each toddler has individual needs, and will provide care that is specific to their rapidly changing development.

In our toddler rooms, children receive a more structured curriculum that includes circle time, music and movement, math and science activities, and arts and crafts. Here is where they begin their road to later success in school by getting a solid foundation in letter, number, color and shape recognition. They are exposed to early literacy and math skills, as well as participate in interactive and engaging arts activities. This is a time when your child is learning something new every day, and can gain knowledge to carry with them in the future!

Each family in the toddler classroom will get a daily report sheet that outlines their child’s day. It will let you know what they ate, detail diaper changes and bathroom time, and provide information about how long they napped. It also acts as a communication tool that staff can write on throughout the day to inform you of any observations they made about your toddler. This allows you to know the routine your child is following throughout the day, and is a great way for staff and parents to share in the physical, social and educational development of the toddler. Parents are also welcomed to call or stop in anytime throughout the day to check in on their child.

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My day at Sweet Angels . . .

From: 6:00am
To: 8:30am

Self-interest & Breakfast:

Welcome to your day at Sweet Angels!

As toddlers arrive they are greeted by their teacher and can put personal items away in their cubby. This is a free time where they can explore the room and self-select books and activities. This is also a time where they can enjoy a nutritious and balanced breakfast with their teacher and friends.

From: 8:30am
To: 12:30pm

Circle Time: This daily meeting gives toddlers a chance to sing songs, listen to stories, and participate in other activities that build academic and social growth.

Small Group Time: Toddlers will be able to go to several different learning centers throughout the room. They will be able to make art projects and experience dramatic and sensory play. These centers give your toddler an opportunity to make choices and experience different activities each day.

Gross Motor/Outdoor Play: This is a time for toddlers to stretch their muscles and gain coordination.

Lunch: We provide a hot and nutritious lunch that includes milk, fruit, vegetable and a different entrée each day.

Story Time: Children take time to unwind before nap time and enjoy a good book with their teacher.

From: 12:30pm
To: 2:30pm

Nap Time:

This is a time for tired toddlers to rest. Many children sleep, but the children who do not wish to sleep can do a quiet activity at this time.

From: 2:30pm
To: 3:00pm

Wake up and Snack:

Children are treated to a delicious and nutritious afternoon snack.

From: 3:00pm
To: 3:30pm

Music and Movement:

Toddlers will participate in hands-on songs that promote learning through music. They will be having so much fun, they will not even realize that they are learning about counting, letter sounds, and other important preschool concepts!

From: 3:30pm
To: 6:00pm

Outdoor Play and Self-interest:

Children will get time to explore in our outdoor play yard, and will choose frm a variety of age-appropriate activities and toys while they wait for pick-up.

Many goals are met in the Toddler stage such as social, emotional, language, cognitive, and motor development. The following are program goals for our Toddlers (18-24 mos.):

Social development

  • Sharing and taking turns
  • Joins in on small group activities
  • One on one play with friends
  • Encouraging awareness of others feelings

Emotional Development

  • Building self esteem and tolerance
  • Expression of affection to others
  • Use imagination in play
  • Encouraging independence in cleaning up, eating and dressing
  • Show interest in toileting
  • Encourage child to indicate needs in socially acceptable ways

Language Development

  • Follow simple directions
  • Imitates animal or object sounds
  • Uses a variety of common words consistently heard (10-20 words)
  • Listening and responding to stories
  • Begin to use words to express needs
  • Introduction to Sign Language
  • Introduction to Spanish

Cognitive Development

  • Mimic behaviors and sounds
  • Identifying objects and people
  • Point to body parts
  • Arranging and identifying objects

Motor Development

Some examples of Large/Gross motor will be:

  • Outdoor Play
  • Running and Jumping
  • Throwing a ball
  • Climbing

Some examples of Fine motor will be:

  • Coloring and painting
  • Pointing
  • Finger-plays
  • Use of a spoon and fork

The following are more program goals we focus on for children 24-36 months:

Social Development

Learn to play with other children in small and large groups
sharing and taking turns

Language Development

  • Listening and responding to stories
  • Sings short songs
  • Imitates 3-4 word sentences (30-36 months uses complete sentences frequently)
  • Learn to express themselves verbally

Large motor development will be met through outdoor play and indoor climbing or games.

Small motor development through such things as painting, coloring, puzzles, turning pages in books or simply grasping.

Emotional Development

  • Encouraging independence with toileting
  • Dressing self
  • Cleaning up toys after themselves or helping clean up after themselves after meals

Some other goals we are focused on are:

  • Recognizing letters, numbers, shapes and colors by counting or matching (also personal knowledge such as name, phone #, age birthday and address if ready when ready)
  • Following directions
  • Develop listening and memory skills