Young Toddler “Seeds”
Age 15 months by September 1
walking Steadily without support | Self-Fed | pm Nap Only
Our Young Toddler group of steady walkers is learning to grow in the comfort of their environment as they explore the world around them at a faster pace! We will start to focus on structure, sharing, and manners. It is our utmost goal to communicate with parents on a regular basis, so we provide a daily report of your child’s day including meals, diapering, sleep, and activities. Our experienced educators plan activities to stimulate creativity and to integrate developmental skills and concepts appropriate for this age. One-year-olds spend their days in exploration and investigation. They approach things that attract them and explore through their senses of touch, taste, and smell. The entire 50 acre farm is available to our new walkers and a strong appreciation for nature is developed during fun, educational walks around campus, and visits with our farm animals. Weekly specials in the Young Toddler program include Music and Movement, Art, Science, Farm Education, and Physical Education. Children must be self-feeder, steady walkers. We do not provide bottles. We do not introduce training in this program. Pacifiers, stuffed animals, and blankets will be provided during nap time.
Language—Using words to express needs, uses naming words for familiar people and objects, recites familiar songs, interested in pictures and text, listening to stories, responding to simple questions, often begins to have favorite words by age two, illustrates as age-appropriate.
Mathematics—Counting in play, reciting numbers 1-10, matching objects, learning about different shapes.
Physical—Walking steadily, working on balance, develops control of wrists and fingers, becomes more independent as skills develop.
Mental—Thinks aloud through talking to self and names things, learns by experimental learning and trial and error, understanding cause and effect, finding alternate solutions, develops short term memory, attention span is lengthening.
Social—Independent play is common at this age, begin playing with peers, sharing, participation in activities, understands simple directions, making transitions.
Emotional—Becoming curious and enjoys attention, clings to familiar adults, may show anxiety around strangers, may react to stress with emotional outbursts, developing self-control.
Self-Reliance—Washing hands, dressing, self-feeding with fingers and utensils, using open cup, cleaning up, sitting at table/chair.