Younger Toddlers

THE PUPPIES’ PAD & THE DUCKLING POND (9–26 months)

Young toddlers are just beginning to venture out and explore the world around them. Their developing vocabulary allows them to begin to communicate their wants and needs. As their muscles develop, they can do more “by themselves.”

The Puppies’ Pad & Duckling Pond create a safe environment that encourages curiosity and discovery through a variety of activities and toys. The teaching staff fosters loving relationships with the children, providing a sense of security.

Schedule

Sample Schedule for Young Toddlers // 7:15 am – 5:30pm

7:15 – 9:00 – Children arrive and participate in self-directed learning centers: fine motor, art, music, blocks, books, dramatic play, nature/science, sand/water.

9:00 – 10:30  Self-directed learning centers: fine motor, art, music, blocks, books, dramatic play, nature/science, sand/water.

  • Music and Movement Activity.
  • Diapering/toileting as needed.
  • Snack as wanted.

10:00 – 10:30 – Outdoor play: sand/water, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, active group games.

10:30 – 11:30 – Self-directed learning centers: fine motor, art, music, blocks, books, dramatic play, nature/science, sand/water.

  • Diapering/toileting as needed.
  • Lesson/Group activity: arts and crafts, stories, songs, learning games.

11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch

  • Diapering/toileting as needed.

12:30 – 3:00 – Naptime.

3:00 – 3:45 – Wake up, diapering/toileting, snacks as wanted.

3:45 – 4:15 – Outdoor Play: sand/water, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, active group games.

4:15 – 5:30 – Younger and Older Toddlers combined as parents arrive.

  • Self-directed learning centers: fine motor, art, music, blocks, books, dramatic play, nature/science

Curriculum

CURRICULUM

In the Puppies’ Pad & Duckling Pond, your child will be developing:

Social Skills, including:  An awareness of themselves and their feelings, awareness of others through listening and sharing, interactions with loving adults, and guided play with their peers.
Language skills through stories, fingerplays, songs, and conversations with their teachers and their friends.
Gross and fine motor skills, including climbing stairs, hopping, running, using a spoon, throwing a ball, holding a crayon, and stacking.
Thinking skills through counting, music, art, pretending and problem-solving.

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