Our Parrot Program (Young Toddlers)
Educational Playcare’s Parrot program is designed to meet the developmental needs of active younger toddlers as they transition through stages in their development that include increased mobility, the beginnings of more regulated sleeping and eating patterns, and the start of exploration of the world around them. Our toddler’s days are filled with hands-on learning experiences, music and movement activities, and opportunities to independently explore the different learning centers within their classroom.
For younger toddlers, exploration of the world around them is a natural developmental stage. Our Parrot program builds the curriculum around this innate sense of curiosity while focusing on appropriate social, cognitive, physical, and language development.
Our Parrot Classrooms
At this age, children are becoming more curious about their environment. In order to support this, children are free to explore in a classroom that stimulates natural learning. The different learning centers in our toddler classrooms include:
- Dramatic play center
- Block area
- Table toys area which includes shelves filled with puzzles and
manipulatives that focus on small muscle movements
- Art area
- Cozy area
The toys and props regularly change in each of these areas to promote our current curriculum study. We also read favorite books and sing songs each day during a short group time. Children are encouraged, but not forced, to participate in group time activities.
American Sign Language
Our younger toddler program encourages language development by immersing children in a language rich environment and by actively communicating with children during daily routines and interactive play experiences. Children are encouraged to use language to express their needs and emotions, however, they are also exposed to our 20 basic American Sign Language core signs as well as a few new signs pertaining to the theme of study every few weeks. We work in partnership with our families so that children can effectively communicate with both their teachers and their family members.
Using American Sign Language with One-Year-Olds:
- Hastens speech development
- Enables children to communicate their wants and needs effectively
- Lowers frustration levels
- Improves child and teacher bonding
- Helps children remember words because there is muscle memory involved,
and the more senses involved in learning, the greater memory retention the child will have
- Improves attentiveness to social gestures of others as well as themselves
Learn more about our American Sign Language Program.
Our younger toddler curriculum supports process-oriented art and sensory experiences that promote the exploration of materials and the encouragement of creativity. Through these hands-on experiences, children learn different ways to manipulate materials and to create products of self-expression.
The schedule in our toddler programs is very flexible in order to meet the individual needs of each child. It allows for:
- Lots of music and large movement activities throughout the day to promote physical development
- Peer interactions and group projects are encouraged throughout the day to promote appropriate social skills through a positive peer experience
- Our young toddlers also enjoy outdoor play time twice each day (weather permitting). Our exceptional toddler playgrounds allow teachers to bring curriculum experiences outside
Communication with Families
Facilitating communication between parents and our teachers is one of our top priorities. Daily, parents are given the chance to share pertinent information about their toddler, such as sleeping patterns, eating schedule, general disposition, and any current special considerations. Throughout the day, our teachers send pictures of our toddlers engaging in curriculum experiences and socializing with their peers using our communications app. Parents can download this app on their smartphones or receive the pictures through their email. At the end of the day, parents also receive a daily electronic report including their child’s activities, sensory experiences, art projects, and music and movement activities as well as feedings, naps, and diapering. Our schools hold Parent/Teacher Conferences twice a year so that families have the opportunity to come in and a have a personal meeting with your child’s teacher to plan for their next steps in development within our program.
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