Toddler Care & Curriculum
Toddlers need to feel safe and secure so they can develop a love for learning that will be an asset during school years and beyond. Relationships with caring adults give toddlers the confidence to experiment as they grow into people who are ready to meet the challenges of life. Well-qualified teachers provide safe, challenging and meaningful materials and experiences that support toddler development. When toddlers feel secure, they are going to thrive. They are going to experiment and take risks, start to build friendship with others and try new activities. Good teachers give toddlers the stimulation they need and at the same time, show them that the world is a safe and friendly place.
TLC's staff provide many opportunities for toddlers to engage in activities alone, with a friend, or in a small group. They take the time to get to know each child individually, their characteristics and preferences. We believe it's important to offer simple choices and opportunities to practice taking turns and getting along with each other. Clear and consistent limits, as well as a predictable routine, are so important for toddlers. Toddlers may alternate between fits of frustration and pride in their discoveries. What may appear as misbehavior is usually a toddler struggling to understand what adults say they can or cannot do. This is why it is so important that our skilled toddler teachers model appropriate behavior and appropriate communication skills.
We know that toddlers love to dump, throw, climb and run. TLC's teachers provide safe and developmentally appropriate activities both indoors and outdoors for this stage. We have soft blocks for building towers and then knocking them over, and plenty of safe toys for dumping. We have a large play yard filled with balls and climbing equipment and room to run and play imaginative games. Toddlers want to be independent but they still need to know that they are safe and taken care of. Toddlers need simple rules and sometimes, well most of the time, gentle reminders.
In order to develop reading readiness skills, our classroom environment is literacy-rich and language centered. Children have ready access to books that they can explore with a friend, teacher, or on their own. Teachers engage in thoughtful conversations with the children, help children build their communication skills, and encourage important emergent writing activities like random and controlled scribbling. A structured activity that your child will experience daily is ABC Music & Me. This program is "a research-based language and early literacy program built around music. ABC Music & Me helps develop pre-literacy and language skills through a child’s most-loved rituals: music and storytime."
Head Teacher Older Toddlers
A visit to the Toddler room will find Mrs. Justine engaging the children in active play and creative arts. With 10 years experience and a CDA (Child Development Associate Credential), Justine Serratore understands that problem solving is crucial to healthy toddler development. Justine’s interest in researching new strategies brings dynamic ideas to her teaching team.
Karen Paul, Floating Teacher
Twelve years of experience working with young children has prepared Karen Paul for success in the Early Childhood field. Thinking out of the box is typical for Karen. Her adventures in nature provide an imaginative and stimulating environment for young explorers. A daily dose of fun and smiles are required in this preschool classroom.