Little Tykes Avenue
(18 Months - 30 Months)
Everyone knows the phrase “Terrible Twos,” but the amount of development that takes place between one and three years of age can better be described as terribly exciting! Toddlers acquire an amazing number of skills at a rapid pace. Language, mobility, increasing independence…children also begin to work on toileting and impulse control. At Academics First, we support toddlers’ emotional, physical and cognitive development by providing routines and rituals that are consistent, comfortable, and based on individuals’ needs and interests.
Our toddler toys and activities encourage children to test, explore, and master new skills and concepts. Classrooms and furnishings account for toddlers’ high energy levels and the challenges of sharing materials and space. Toddlers go outside every day for playground time, neighborhood walks, and often take their activities outdoors.
Toilet learning is an ongoing part of the curriculum for all toddlers as we talk about body parts and bodily functions in context throughout the day. Children who are interested in using the toilet do so at will, with assistance and gentle reminders from caregivers. We work with parents to note signs of readiness and develop routines that provide consistency between home and school.