Toddler Twos Program
Year Round Care Enrollment Options for 2-year-old children
Full-Time: 5 Full Days up to 10 hrs. daily
Part-Time: 3 Full Days up to 10 hrs. daily; OR 5 Half-Days 8:00 am - 11:30 am
Toddler twos are curious and always moving!
At Small Steps Academy, we know that the second year of life is a busy one for toddler twos! Appearances change greatly, as body proportions start to trim down. You can expect your child to become more muscular because of his or her increased activity. Keep in mind that appetites slow down as growth slows, so there may be times when your child is not very interested in food. When it comes to learning, toddler twos are naturally curious and they seize every opportunity to move. Our credentialed teachers understand this and, therefore, encourage activity and exploration at this age. Small Steps Academy provides a safe environment that lets your child be active every day. Besides the physical benefits, this is also how a lot of learning takes place.
Less than a year ago, your little one was uttering one-word commands - now he or she is speaking in three-word sentences and has a growing vocabulary that includes a couple hundred words. Here are some skills your toddler two-year-old might be doing:
Communication & Language Skills - speaks using pronouns (I, me, you); is understandable to others half of the time; asks many "What?" and "Where?" questions
Gross motor movement and physical development - jumps in place; throws a ball overhand; pulls pants up with assistance; climbs and runs; washes and dries hands
Social & emotional - enjoys pretend play; starts to play with, not just alongside, other kids; can tell you when he or she needs a diaper change or has to go to the potty; refers to himself or herself by name
Cognitive - begins to develop a sense of humor and thinks things are silly; understand the concept of one item or thing
Daily activities include Bible stories, discovery play, songs and music, snack time, outside play, lunch time, nap time, arts and crafts, fine and gross motor skills, letter and number time, as well as learning activities and games.
Play is the basic ingredient of all learning and we use a variety of learning activities to include every child. Small Steps provides a safe, nurturing, and Christian environment that feeds your child's faith. They are taught social skills and how to feel comfortable expressing their emotions and in handling transitions.
Chapel is held every Wednesday and families are welcome to attend.
A Note About Toilet Teaching:
Before introducing any toilet learning, watch for clear signs of readiness. Does your child have the ability to...?:
follow simple instructions
understand words about the toileting process
control the muscles responsible for elimination
verbally express a need to go
keep a diaper dry for 2 hours or more
get to the potty, sit on it, and then get off the potty without help
pull down diapers or underpants
show an interest in using the potty or wearing underpants
Our teachers are happy to support your efforts to potty-train your child. At Small Steps, your child will see other children using the toilet. Teachers will also encourage readiness with potty book reading and practice on the toilet, as your child shows interest.