The children in the infant/toddler room eat and sleep on demand. The teachers will work with parents to coordinate a schedule with home to keep it more consistent for the child.
The Toddler is on the move, checking things out as if their curiosity knows no bounds. They begin to learn by helping. They enjoy drawing or scribbling, are learning about concepts such as size and shape and weight by using their bodies as they move and play with toys and things in their environment, they can be possessive, form attachments and will perform for an audience. This is the first time that children need to develop a sense of limits and learning lessons such as keeping toys out of mouth, washing hands after diaper changing and praying before eating.
The Infant/Toddler curriculum provides activities that stimulate growth and development that can be incorporated into the routines of the day. The weekly format allows teachers to choose several activities per day per child and personalize the lesson plans for each child, promoting development and making it easy to track implementation of activities. The curriculum includes room enrichments and “Radical Routines” each week to add pizzazz to the classrooms as the teachers meet the needs of the children each day. Activities from the following areas will be offered: language and stories, Bible, social/emotional, gross motor, fine motor, sensory, outdoor, music and art options. Activities will be balanced between active times and quiet times and teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. The toddlers will add learning centers as they become more mobile and daring in their exploration.