Toddlers

16 months to 33 months

Your child’s first years of life are a critical time that can determine success in school, relationships and life. At Little Sprouts, our teachers introduce routines and offer positive guidance to help give our toddlers the confidence to practice new skills and embrace new experiences. Weekly, theme-based learning plans meet the diverse needs of every child through a variety of activities. This consistent-yet-changing atmosphere matches your child’s rapidly emerging interests and abilities, and offers many opportunities for early reading, math, science, construction and imaginative play learning experiences.

Curriculum Components
Language Development

 

Our teachers:

  • Respect our toddlers’ varied stages of language;

  • Speak clearly and frequently to all the children;

  • Use books, rhyming songs and finger plays to promote the use of speech in social settings; and

  • Expand the use of American Sign Language [ASL] as the children’s language development progresses, providing them with another way to communicate.

Social/Emotional Development

 

Our teachers:

  • Guide and model positive interactions for our children;

  • Cultivate a classroom culture of respect for children’s needs and feelings;

  • Acknowledge and encourage empathy;

  • Nurture independent activity and foster peer relationships; and

  • Support self-help skills.

Physical Development

 

We foster the next level of physical development through:

  • Rhythm games and dancing, to help your toddler learn the joys of physical expression;

  • Coloring, painting, gluing, working puzzles and building with blocks, to help your child refine fine motor skills; and

  • Climbing, hopping and tumbling in our secure and closely monitored indoor and outdoor play areas.

Cognitive Development

 

We help your toddler develop critical learning skills through:

  • Guessing and listening games;

  • Cause-and-effect activities;

  • A variety of toys your child can stack, sort, match or count;

  • Areas for sensory experiences, artistic expression and pre-writing opportunities; and

  • Guidance and encouragement of problem-solving skills.

Getting Ready for Potty Training

 

All children potty-train at their own pace. Teachers will support and offer praise to children regardless of where they are at in the process. Parents and teachers should work together to provide the best environment for success. Children tend to do better in a center setting because they are watching other kids use the potty as well.