Year Round Care Enrollment Options
*for walking 1 year olds*
Full-Time: 5 Full Days 7:00am - 5:30pm
Twinkle Twinkle little star, let us show you who we are...
At Small Steps Academy, we know how exciting it is to watch toddlers develop. They are always busy mastering new skills like talking, walking, and running that give them a chance to explore and practice independence. Our teachers provide nurturing and gentle guidance because they know development happens in the context of secure relationships with trusted caregivers.
A Focus on Early Learning
For toddlers, daily routines like feeding, diapering, and play time take up a good part of the day, yet, these activities and times offer excellent opportunities for learning. Our teachers pay special attention to consistently incorporate sensory activities (seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling) other focused learning during daily routines, so all areas of development are addressed. Here are some skills your toddler might be doing:
Communication & Language Skills - points to objects; waves goodbye; says a few single words, then sentences; understands simple questions: "Where is your nose?" or "What sound does a kitten make?"
Fine motor - feeds themselves; stacks blocks; picks up objects with thumb and forefinger
Gross motor and physical movement - walks, runs, climbs, bangs together blocks held in both hands; throws a ball; takes off some clothes
Social & emotional - enjoys peekaboo and fantasy play, participates in pat-a-cake and other social games; cries when you leave the room; likes being read to and looking at pictures together
Cognitive - repeats behaviors that produce a desired effect, like dropping a toy over a ledge so that you can pick it up; follows one-step commands, such as "Pick up the toy;" looks at a book and will turn the pages; can match pairs of objects
A Well-Rounded Program
As a Christian program, Small Steps Academy provides a safe and nurturing environment that supports your child's growth and development. Daily activities include Bible stories, simple prayers, discovery play, songs and music, outside play, snack time, lunch time, nap time, arts and crafts, fine and gross motor skills, letter and number time, as well as learning activities and games.
We have general themes every few weeks and our daily activities include songs, book reading, art projects, and other special activities such as early sensory bins.
A special focus is given to the routines throughout the day as well as the relationship between child and caregiver.
Toddlers do not develop at the same rate. Some children may be ahead in some areas and slightly behind in others. Toddlers who were born prematurely reach milestones later. Always talk with your teacher and doctor about your child's progress, if you have questions or concerns.