TWO YEAR CLASS 24-36 months
The emphasis in the 2’s class is on growing independence and development of preschool readiness skills. The daily program is designed to provide an opportunity for 2’s to experience the same high quality early childhood experiences as preschoolers but addressing very specific needs, and challenges. The curriculum offers two year olds opportunity to explore our gym room, and engage in activities designed for their needs at their developmental stage. Our choice of activities for 2’s includes a sensory activity like sand or water area, a manipulative area where they can build and enjoy puzzles, and a gym room, where they can climb and slide for building gross motor skills. The teachers bring along their expertise and provide for various materials, providing for self expression and creativity during class activities.
A Daily Overview
When arriving, the first thing children do is come to the table and greet their teacher and look for their name tags. Recognizing your own name is a big step toward growing independence. Mom pins on the tag, signs them in, kisses them goodbye, and they are ready for exploring in the gym room.
As the days activities unfold, our teachers are providing the children opportunity to do many things without help.
Across the room, there are challenging puzzles on a low table and the art cart, open for the children to work with stickers, stamps, pencils, and paper at their own pace.
It is important for children to practice their skills, and be uninterrupted when doing a task. Children learn by doing and being able to complete an activity, this develops concentration. Easel painting is always a favorite activity. We offer a wide variety of colors and different papers and tools to enhance daily painting activities.
During the second part of the morning, the children are challenged by an organized movement activity. This is a skill building time with lots of climbing, jumping; and sometimes a bit of balancing on the beam. There is a prescribed obstacle course and the children know by the music and the carpet squares that mark the way, just what to do. There is always a bathroom break, diaper change time, washing hands, and a little snack of graham crackers and milk, or water. Then is outside time to play in the sun at the sand table, or with balls on the grass, or play area.
During each day, the teachers promote a directed play activity where they practice listening skills. This circletime activity may include a story with props, so the children may participate.
At the last circle, when the goodbye song begins, children bring their nametags to the teacher’s basket, and our class ends.
Each week, a different theme and a different group of activities are presented.
This class meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:00 – 12:00.