Things to Know About Young Toddlers
- Trillions of brain-cell connections called neural synapses are formed in a child’s first three years.
- Experiences and interactions shape whether or not neural synapses are formed.
- Neural synapses that don’t form are lost forever.
Lifelong success comes from the experiences and interactions your child had during his or her first three years. Primary Colors knows that toddlers learn best through play as they explore, experiment, discover and have fun. Our young toddler program is designed with the playful child in mind. We use entertaining ways to construct strong neural scaffolding upon which later skills will be built.
Toddlers Twos Develops Confidence, Cooperation and Encouraged Curiosity
Our Toddler Twos curriculum is designed for active children and curious young minds. Our classrooms are designed to meet stimulating experiences in a secure environment for 2 and 3-year-olds. Throughout the day our teachers provide creative activities for your child’s imaginative play, language, movement, art, and social-emotional development. Your child will become more independent by continuing to make choices and will gain strong cooperation skills and confidence needed for success in preschool and beyond by working with a group of peers.
Toddler Twos –Educating the Whole Child
Recent brain research indicates: Birth to age 3 are the most important years in a child’s development. This is the time when your toddler grows in leaps and bounds cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. Primary Colors focuses on all areas of development, cognitive, social, emotional and physical to ensure your child’s early childhood education is well-balanced and will lead to long-term improvement in school success and higher educational attainment.
- Cognitive: Early childhood is the most intensive period of cognitive development. Critical factors include a safe, predictable environment, responsive, nurturing teachers, and engaging language-rich activities.
- Social-Emotional: Our teachers lay the foundation for successful interpersonal relationships by creating nurturing relationships with toddlers, modeling appropriate behaviors and responses, and communicating effectively about emotions to foster healthy social-emotional development.
- Physical: Movement is the work of toddlers. Tossing a ball, climbing on the playground, scribbling, moving trucks in the transportation center, or stacking blocks all continue to develop gross and fine motor skills.
Our Developmental Activities Include:
- Discovery Time: Toddlers learn best through play as they explore and discover, and there’s no better place for this than the centers in our toddler rooms. Whether your little prince or princess is building with blocks, painting a masterpiece, or using a magic wand to change a pumpkin into a coach, your little one can imagine to their heart’s content with all the props, costumes, and art materials in the classroom.
- Early Learning: Our theme-based curriculum nurtures your toddler’s excitement for learning with fun, age-appropriate learning activities involving language, colors, shapes, motor, art, music, and movement.
- Talk, Talk and More Talk: Language exposure and participating in conversations in the first three years of life creates the foundation for cognitive thought, reading comprehension, and healthy socialization. Our toddlers are encouraged to talk, talk and talk some more with their friends and with their teachers.
- Sign Language: Your toddler will continue to learn and use sign language. There are many times when a young toddler does not have the verbal language to express a need for an emotion and this can be frustrating for your toddler. Sign language gives toddlers another way to express their needs and emotions as their verbal skills develop.
- Socialization: Our toddler teachers guide your child through first friendships, learning to share and being kind to friends with stories, songs, finger plays, movement and music activities.
- Independence: Toddlers have many opportunities throughout their day to build their independence and forge their identities. Toddler love to “do it my way” by picking up toys, putting on their coat, playing with a friend, washing their hands or passing out napkins.
- Movement Fun: Our young toddlers love to move. They learn how their bodies work by moving and developing important motor skills. They express their independence by dancing with the music and playing movement games.
*Programs and activities may vary by school and may be subject to change without notice. Please contact your local school for additional information on school-specific programs and activities.