Program

Young Toddlers

EXPLORATIONS, WONDER & CONSISTENCY

Young Toddlers (ages 12-24 months) are natural explorers! This energetic age group thrives in familiar environments where they have the freedom to learn through play. Consistency, familiarity and dependability are important concepts for one-year olds. Our teachers create an environment that encourages feelings of security and comfort during this formative year.

Children are given the opportunity to explore the world around them at their own pace and to develop a sense of wonder. One-year olds discover their physical sense of self by using their fine and gross motor skills. They are curious and enjoy discovering how things work. Your child will thrive, challenged by puzzles, blocks, chubby crayons, finger painting and role playing in the play kitchen with pretend pots, pans and food. Outside play includes safe climbing on age-appropriate play equipment, sand table play, and healthy exercise. Children will begin to learn and appreciate valuable social skills such as sharing, taking turns, compassion, respect and developing trusting relationships.

A Typical Young Toddler Day

ARRIVAL ACTIVITIES
Good morning Miss Rachel! Parent/Teacher Information Exchange,
Classroom Exploration

MORNING SNACK
Bananas and Milk

MORNING LESSON PLAN ACTIVITIES
Circle time including songs, simple stories, and finger plays, process art activity, sensory exploration, outdoor playtime

LUNCH & AFTERNOON NAP

AFTERNOON SNACK
Fresh Green Beans, Whole Wheat Crackers, Water

AFTERNOON LESSON PLAN ACTIVITIES
Puzzle play, block building, cooking in the pretend kitchen, outdoor playtime

DEPARTURE ACTIVITIES
Parent/Teacher Information Exchange

Here we Explore®

Our curriculum specifically developed for one-year olds which gently challenges them as they begin to express a greater need for independence and control over themselves and the world around them.

The Here We Explore Young Toddler Curriculum focuses on four specific areas of development

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

As your one-year old begins to become independent, teachers will encourage the exploration of surroundings and making individual choices for playtime. Your child will begin to understand simple directions and learn to show empathy and kindness to friends.

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Your child will find his or her walking feet, and then pick up speed! Teachers will develop activities that require your child to use their vision and hands at the same time, such as building a tower with several blocks balanced on top of each other. Outside, your energetic one-year old will play with friends in the sun and snow, becoming more confident and coordinated as the year progresses.

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

How exciting it will be to listen to your child develop new words, begin to formulate sentences and sing, sing, sing! As your young toddler’s sense of self continues to develop, your child will imitate family life in our dramatic play areas and begin the very important tasks of sorting, matching and organizing small objects using their fine motor skills.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

Your child will begin responding to music by singing, dancing, and playing instruments. They will also experiment with a variety of art materials including fingerpaints, crayons, markers, and glue. Their creativity will really start to develop!

Our Locations

Middletown

Location: 195 South Main Street Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: 860.347.1400
Fax: 860.347.1406
Contact the Middletown Center by email
School Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30a to 6:00p

Southington

Location: 1137 West Street Southington, CT 06489
Telephone: 860.628.7900
Fax: 860.628.3656
Contact the Southington Center by email
School Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30a to 6:00p