“Starting to Grow My Wings”
Toddlers learn all the time. One part of the day is not distinguished as more or less educational than the other. For a young child, learning to use and control his/her body, to leave home and participate as a member of a group, to eat meals with other children, to be changed and cuddled by an adult he/she is learning to trust, to sleep in a strange environment and to investigate an interesting new environment with specially designed equipment and materials add up to a total educational experience. The Caterpillar rooms allow for large and small group activities; quiet and noisy activities, and gross and fine motor development throughout the day. The areas of the caterpillar rooms include a book and story telling area, art area, and areas for large and small motor play. Activities and open areas change in response to cues from children’s behavior.
Language development is crucial for toddlers; it helps them express feelings and needs related to other areas of development. The teachers in the rooms are willing to listen, elicit responses, talk to the children, ask questions and patiently answer the hundreds of questions asked of them. The new language skills being gained give the child a new mechanism for learning. In many instances, it is difficult to distinguish between language development and intellectual development. In addition to language, toddlers continue to rely on their senses to experience the environment and develop intellectually. Sensory-motor experiences such as sand and water play, play dough, finger painting, and music are some of the daily activities to encourage cognitive development.
A Day in the Caterpillar 2 Room
The Caterpillar 2 Room builds on the skills learned in the Caterpillar 1 Room. It is in this room we prepare children for preschool. Our circle time is a little longer, we concentrate more on beginning literacy and numbers skills, and most importantly POTTY TRAINING!!!
When potty training children and parents should try and do the following.
- Children wear underwear each day to and from school.
- Children have at least 5 changes of underwear and pants at school in case of accidents and if dirty clothes go home please bring a replacement pair the next school day.
- Children wear underwear at home as they are at school.
- Encourage children to be independent pottyers by having them pull their underwear and pants up and down on their own as much as possible and then wiping themselves, flushing the potty and washing their hands. Proper restroom hygiene is very important!
Caterpillar 2 Room Daily Schedule
7:00-8:30 Free Play/small group activities
8:30 Diapers & Potty
9:20 Circle Time/Early Literacy
10:20 Art/Gross & Fine Motor
11:50 Diapers & Potty & Story Time
2:30 Diapers & Potty
4:15-6:00 Finger plays/music/dance/small group activity