Our Toddler Class serves children who are 2-3 years old and meets on Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. In January, the Toddler children stay until 12:45 for lunch together.
The Toddler Class is a gentle introduction to school life. Since this is often a child’s first time in a group setting, our teachers help them feel secure in their relationships with adults and peers easing their transition to their first school community. They encourage pro-social skills like sharing, caring and taking turns.
The curriculum is hands-on and capitalizes on sensory learning experiences that enhance understanding. There are finger paints, markers and easels for creative expression and the development of fine motor skills; sand, water and play dough for exploring cause and effect; chunky puzzles, blocks, and other manipulatives to help develop spatial awareness; dress-up clothes and props to encourage children to enact scenarios of family life. The Toddlers often cook their snack together and the surprise on their faces when they crack an egg is truly a delightful sight.
Language development is encouraged as the teachers converse with children one-on-one and in small groups. Teachers read with children in the library and sing with them during circle time. Children are often cuddled up with a teacher and a few friends in their library enjoying a good book.
Our Toddlers are active learners and each day they ride tricycles, play catch, climb and slide in the Big Room and outside. Toilet training is not a prerequisite for entering the Toddler Class and teachers support children and families through this process if necessary. The Toddlers enjoy singing together and starting in January they enjoy a sing along with our music teacher. Each spring, they venture to the Beverly Farms train depot and delight in riding the train to nearby Manchester where they play in the park and have a special snack!