Children in our toddler room are mobile (crawling or walking) and have mastered the art of drinking from a sippy cup and eating table food. They are energetic and ready to move! Our toddler class is full of exploratory fun for these busy children. In addition, we work with our parent partners to promote independent walkers, eaters, and socially smart children. We continue to encourage the use of sign language, building on the words learned in our infant program, providing children with a means to communicate before language skills develop. By the end of the year, our toddlers are walking, running, eating with utensils, drinking from cups, and using words and phrases.
Our early toddler classroom utilizes the Pinnacle Curriculum, developed by the Childcare Education Institute.
Pinnacle® is a research-based early childhood curriculum, designed with both teachers and students in mind. Based on the works of Piaget, Gardner, and Erikson, Pinnacle® provides teachers with lessons that engage children in developmentally appropriate activities in monthly and weekly unit themes.
The curriculum features:
- Clearly-stated learning objectives to help facilitate learning in all domains
- Flexible programming to accommodate varied learning styles
- Carefully selected themes that capture children’s interests
- Long-range goals linked to Key standards
- Suggestions to enrich developmental milestones based on research
- Interactive activities that help children develop a love for learning while they are growing, playing, and having fun
- Encouragement of play through learning centers
- Suggested book lists related to themes
- Learning Centers that are used to teach sensory/science, language, creative arts, math manipulatives, dramatic play, music/movement, blocks, and outdoor learning