The transition Waddler to Toddler is a slow, but tremendous change. Waddlers become toddlers as they learn to use their words and spread their wings into their newfound independence. Toddlers are even more in charge of their day and are becoming more self-determining. Through play and risk taking, they have new opportunities to explore their world. Our approach with children in this period of life is to create an environment that allows for and encourages this change, fostered by helpful and loving caregivers. Receptive, attuned and supportive adults are crucial at this time in their lives. Adults help children embrace their developing sense of self, how to test their boundaries, and how to communicate their discomfort when needed. This is the basis of our approach in the Toddler classroom. We design opportunities for emotional play, perceptual play, and sensory experiences, surrounded by nurturing, supportive warmth. We plan a day based on what we know will typically be interesting to and appropriate for our explorers. We choose specific books and learning topics such as animals, space, and community helpers, as we notice an interest from our students. Our curriculum piece emerges as we get to know your children. Our foundation of a predictable daily routine, a balance of experiences, and a reflective practice with children, are simultaneously structured and yet flexible.

Classroom Environment 

Our toddler classrooms provide an environment of explorations for our students. Our teachers work to foster skills like listening, language skills, learning how to treat one another, problem solving techniques and self-dress. They also foster skills like following direction, sorting objects by color and size and stacking objects. The curriculum reinforces these age-appropriate developments through songs, finger plays, short stories, center time, outdoor time, and circle time.

The Toddler room at EduPlay Discovery Center is a busy, happy place full of activities designed to encourage independence and learning.  The day is full of hands-on activities that encourage discovery, play, and language building skills within the toddler’s day.  The toddlers are free to learn through experience and socialization. Our curriculum supports this by allowing our teachers to vary activities to follow the children’s interests. They enjoy large and small motor activities, dramatic play and diverse sensory activities. A variety of unique and creative activities are promoted to create recognition of colors, shapes and numbers.

Movement

  • Confidently walking (18-24 mo.)

  •  Walks into ball to kick it (24-36 mo.)

  • Climbs onto and down from furniture unsupported (16-24 mo.)

  • Walks up and down stairs holding on to support (18-24 mo.)

  • Uses utensils for majority of meals

  •  Uses a pencil to draw or scribble in circles and lines (24-30 mo.)

Cognitive

  • Begins to sort shapes and colors (20-24 mo.)

  • Begins make-believe play (20-24 mo.)

  • Imitates behavior of others (18-24 mo.)

  • Increasingly enthusiastic about other children (20-24 mo.)

  • Demonstrates increasing independence (18-24 mo.)

  • Begins to show defiant behavior (18-24 mo.)

  • Begins to count with numbers(24-36 mo.)

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Language

  • Points to object or picture when it is named for him (18-24 mo.)

  • Uses two word sentences (18-24 mo.)

  • Follows simple two-step instructions (18-24 mo.)

  • Calls self by name, uses ‘I’, ‘mine’, ‘I do it myself’ (18-24 mo.)

  • Begins to many questions (24-36 mo.)

  • Can label own gender(24-36mo)

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EduPlay Discovery Center's toddler program respects each child’s emerging sense of self and growing need for independence. We nurture your toddler’s next steps forward, while encouraging social and intellectual growth and development.

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