Toddler one’s are ready to explore! Their increasing mobility and verbal communication allows them more independence to interact with their environment. Their needs are continually changing and progressing as they develop and learn.
Colorado Early Learning Curriculum
Our toddler one’s program uses the Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines for curriculum planning. The Guidelines organize descriptions for child development for infants and toddlers within six domains:
Toddler Sign Language
For our limited verbal toddlers we use sign language. Emotion upsets in toddlers are often a result of their inability to communicate their wants and needs; sign language provides them the ability to communicate their needs. Additionally teaching sign language can help promote your child’s fine motor skills.
Following in the toddler’s footsteps, each two’s pursuit of independence continues! Our program for two-year-old children works to bridge the gap between the dependency of the infant/toddler and the independence of the preschooler. Our staff guide and support these changes that occur when two’s announce their need for independence while also requiring a secure base to which they may return. Environments and learning experiences are carefully designed to focus on enriching language and promoting self-sufficiency, scaffolding and building upon already acquired skills help to prepare the two-year-old for continued success in learning.
Potty training is a very important part of the life of your two-year-old, thus, it is integrated into each of our daily schedules. Our teachers work in connection with our parents to potty train each child.
Our one and two year old program’s remain very similar to one another to help children transition to the next room easier. However, we know that development can vary greatly during these ages, that is why we use the early learning and development guidelines so that we better understand how to meet the needs of each individual child.
Children aged 12-18 months may need different curriculum than a child closer to 24 months old. Our teachers keep observation portfolios on each child and complete routine assessments to help understand where a child is developmentally.