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Waddling Penguins (2-3 years)

Two year olds are filled with energy and increasing independence. They are developing quickly and are eager for knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our program provides structure and guidance for your child to learn to share, get along with others and perform classroom tasks. Language and vocabulary skills are strengthened while listening to stories, singing songs, and playing games. Art projects and gross motor activities help to develop movement and sensory skills.

For our two’s we provide consistent daily schedules with an emphasis on social and self-help skills. Our teachers utilize guided activities each day and promote free choice among various activities in the classroom.

Two-year-olds are a busy group – physically and verbally! Our two-year-old program fosters the critical relationship building that occurs at this age, supporting intellectual and social development.

Manipulative toys are used to promote eye-hand coordination. Picture books, songs and skits are used to increase color, shape and number recognition.

 

Teachers organize socio-dramatic play activities so children can dress-up and role-play. This develops new skills, such as problem-solving, self-care routines and conversation. Children are frequently read stories to build listening skills and are often asked to repeat the stories to develop memory recognition. To facilitate parental involvement, teachers provide daily sheets to document and share the child’s experiences.

 

TWO YEAR OLDS

Development/ Emergent Literacy

• Repeats words
• Takes turns in conversation
• Attempts to sing songs

Mathematics

• Begins to understand quantity (more)
• Sorts by color, size, or shape
• Begins to understand sequence of daily routines

Learning About the World/Science

• Describes what is seen
• Begins to understand cause and effect
• Classifies things that belong together

Social & Emotional Development

• Calms down after being upset
• Becomes aware of other’s feelings
• Engages in parallel play

Approaches to Learning

• Asks “why” questions
• Uses objects as tools
• Attempts a task for a minute or two before asking for help

Physical & Health Development

• Runs; can kick a ball
• Washes hands with assistance
• Demonstrates increasing balance

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