Our approach to early education for toddlers
(1 to 2 years old)
By this stage, a child’s leg muscles are ready—once they stand up and take those first steps, they’re off and running, eager to explore. Our toddler education program offers them the opportunity to do so in safety (with our caregivers alert and ready to walk around the room with the children) and also allows them to develop cognitive skills as they build language, graduate to one to two-word sentences, learn to hold a crayon and eat finger foods.
This is also when our toddlers acquire self-helping skills, such as communicating their needs or picking up after themselves.
What our curriculum for toddlers includes
A typical day for TLE® toddlers is filled with, stimulating, age-appropriate activities and materials. Our early childhood development toddler curriculum focuses on eye-hand coordination, motor development and problem solving.
Toddlers will experience:
- Interactive play, music, and dance.
- Outdoor time encourages social engagement in plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
- Age-appropriate fitness toys and toddler exercises to keep toddlers on the move.
- Self-help skills such as washing hands, picking up after themselves and sharing are taught to toddlers in order to foster sociality assimilation.
Our curriculum program for toddlers
American Sign Language
Our American Sign Language program teachers toddlers to sign and communicate in connection with their daily lessons. When learning about travel, for example, parents are always amazed at how their children can sign words like “passport” or “suitcase.”
At the beginning of every month, those signs are printed and sent home with families to extend the lesson in American Sign Language. The parents are also kept abreast of the Sign Language Alphabet as a resource, and can connect pictures to descriptions of the sign language in order to practice communicating with the children.
Manners and etiquette
From a very early age, toddlers are learning manners from our Manners & Etiquette coach, Penny Polite. These lessons reinforce the concept of good behavior — including basics like sitting tummy to the table, using napkins to wipe their mouths and using their communication skills in American Sign Language for children or using their words to say “thank you” and “please.” They’re also learning the concept of sharing, taking turns and being kind to their peers, be it in the classroom or on the playground.
Physical fitness programs
Starting at the toddler age, children are learning to move their bodies, as well as keep their bodies and minds healthy by starting to identify healthy choices. TLE® makes physical fitness an important part of early childhood education, and our physical fitness coach, Flexi Flamingo, helps teach our little learners healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
Our programs for toddlers
6:30-800 Early Arrival Program
8:00-8:30 Greeting the Children/Parent Communication
Free Choice Centers–Art, Sensory, Language, Math, Fine Motor, Computers, Science, Child-Initiated Activities
8:30-8:45 Circle Time
Welcoming Activities, Finger Plays, Songs
8:45-9:00 Snack Time
Nutritious snacks will be served, Manners Matter, Potty Time, Etc.
9:00-9:30 Art and Sensory
Creative activities enhance emotional development; Finger Painting, Pasting, Sand and Water Table, Etc.
9:30-9:45 Physical Fitness with Flexi Flamingo®
Children will engage in physical exercise and routine, and discuss healthy bodies and nutrition
9:45-10:00 Fine Motor Skills
Matching, Classifying, Exposure to Numbers
10:00-10:30 Free Choice Centers
Art, Sensory, Language, Math, Fine Motor, Computers, Science; Child-Initiated Activities
10:30-11:00 Playground Time
Gross Motor Skills, Coordination, Balance, Tossing Balls, Etc.
11:00–11:15 Diapering/Hand Washing
11:15–11:30 Language Skills/Library Storytelling:
Emphasis on Language Development, Puppets, Games, Rhymes, Etc.
11:30–2:30 Lunch/Rest Time/Quiet Activities
2:30–3:00 Waking Up/Diapering
3:00–3:30 Snack Time
Nutritious snack will be served, Manners Matter, Potty Time, Etc.
3:30–4:00 Playground Time
Gross Motor Skills, Coordination, Balance, Tossing Balls, Etc
4:00-4:15 Diapering/Hand Washing
4:15–4:45 Songs Music and Movement
4:45–5:05 Circle Time
Finger Plays, Songs, Goodbye Songs
5:05–5:30 Free Choice Centers/Diaper Changes
Art, Sensory, Math; Child-Initiated Activities
Table Toys/Quiet Activities/Greeting Parents
(Diapering is provided and supervised on an as needed basis.)
Our year-end milestones
While each day is a fun new adventure at TLE®, the lessons and early education curriculum are preparing your child to meet important end-of-year milestones — to ensure child development at the right pace.
For our toddlers, those milestones are:
- Be encouraged to explore and build their small and large muscles by participating in toddler exercises that get them moving
- Develop communication skills to make sounds and gestures to communicate their wants and needs
- Be introduced to shapes, colors, numbers and letters
- Participate in purposeful play and have access to outdoor activities
- Start to build a vocabulary of single words
Enrichment Programs for toddlers
From six weeks to six years old, our little learners benefit from mandatory early childhood enrichment programs implemented through our very own Charlie Choo Choo Enrichment Program. They’re provided in kit formats that are taken home at the end of the unit, giving families an opportunity to extend their children’s learning experience.
Dancing Feet, Music 4 Me and Yippee 4 Yoga
These three child enrichment programs continue into the toddler stage, further encouraging children to move their bodies, continue to develop their physical and intellectual muscles, and reinforce previously learned strategies to convert stress into positive and healthy energy.
Dramatic play takes center stage in Talent Sprouts®. In addition to further developing their fine and gross motor skills children also pretend and act out different characters, animals, and imaginary and real-world situations.Explore Our Centers