Toddlers are active, mobile, and energetic. Their worlds are expanding before their eyes. Our program is carefully designed to cultivate their growing curiosity with a balance of instruction and independence. Here, the exploration that was emphasized in the infant room is broadened and more self-directed. Our open concept space with rooms for each age group enables toddlers to learn in safe, contained environments, but also observe older students.
At this age, toddlers are beginning to learn that they’re part of a bigger world; they can do more and they can understand more. We embrace this by instilling and reinforcing self-help skills, often during snack or mealtimes. In addition to student-provided lunches, we offer healthy mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. We believe this is the perfect time to help children learn to interact with each other and to identify and practice appropriate eating behavior.
Our days are intentionally structured through our emergent curriculum, providing toddlers with routine and flexibility. A typical day includes everything from outdoor nature walks to movement and exploration. Through our center-based approach and thematic planning, we channel the increased inquisitiveness that commonly materializes at this age.
Enrichment programs add to the overall experience in our toddler and preschool classrooms. We enjoy regular visits from guests like Fessenden ninth grade reading buddies; athletic-based groups, such as mobile soccer clinics for young children; or creative movement specialists who teach us how to move to music using our bodies, instruments, and other props. Through routines and unstructured exploration, we act as tour guides for the magical transition from infant to toddler when children become active decision-makers with their own special thoughts.