Toddlers will learn best when they are provided with a safe, and loving environment where they can freely explore. That is what we offer in our 1-2-year-old class. The activities for this age group are built around toddlers’ interests, their curiosity, and their natural desire to explore, to try new things, and discover the world around them.
During their time in this class we will provide diverse interactive activities in order for them to achieve different goals and develop at their own rhythm. We focus on developing their self-esteem, independence, language skills, cognitive skills, coordination, spatial awareness, emotional development among other areas.
Each day is packed with specific chosen activities, structured around their different developmental areas.
We have a safe space and a close relationship with children in order to foster their independence, we promote activities for large and small motor skills development as well as providing consistency and a routine to establish comfort.
Some recurring motifs of our daily routine are:
- We greet our children at the classroom door with warm greetings, they say goodbye to their parents or caregivers, and we walk them into the classroom, to change shoes and take off their jacket.
- They have the freedom to roam and explore while the others are arriving (also teachers engage them with one-to-one attention)
- Snack time: a lot of independance takes place, washing hands, setting the table, eating, drinking water and cleaning up.
- Learning about different topics using books, songs and storytelling.
Some examples of using different art materials for sensory activities creative expression and manipulative toys:
- Sensory bags: Learning through sensory experiences comes naturally, they develop new vocabulary, socialize and explore. Children enjoy the different colours, objects, textures and forms they can find in the sensory bags.
- Using the body and paint to make foot and hand prints, an activity that engages children and encourages them to make new discoveries, also promoting creativity, imagination, expression and art.
- Tuff trays: An activity that can help encourage messy, active play. Installing different worlds, for example, a mini animal world. Children explore the animals and different materials developing their imagination. It is also a great opportunity for sensory play and interacting with friends developing social and language skills.
- Building towers, houses and roads. Building with blocks entails a lot more abilities than we imagine. With hand-eye coordination children learn to place blocks on the block tower in such a way that does not topple the tower. It also teaches children cause and effect providing mental stimulation.
some examples for outdoors:
- Outside they use all their senses.Taking input through seeing and observing, listening, touching and feeling.
- Climbing up and down the climbing equipment (in the form of a castle), sliding, car racing and tossing the ball, activities for them to develop muscle strength and coordination
- Finding different uses for the hoops, spinning them, passing the hoop from one hand to the other and to a friend, and even a hoop obstacle course.