Two-year-olds are curious, imaginative and have lots of energy. They begin to explode with excitement about their newly acquired verbal and physical skills. They enjoy climbing and are very passionate about making those around them understand their needs. Children at this age still enjoy playing alone or with one or two other children. They may also play independently alongside other children. As the child gets closer to three years old they will begin to play cooperatively with other children.
Children at this age are not quite able to verbalize their feelings and often use physical contact to express themselves. We try to diminish the occurrence of these incidents by having an atmosphere with equipment, activities and an attentive staff, which will reduce the frustrations of these young children.
Our program is designed to handle the vast changes of the two-year-old. We provide plenty of opportunities for physical development to help relieve a child’s pent up energy. Through the use of books, finger plays, songs, felt board stories, games and other language mediums we enhance their budding verbal skills.
We work diligently with parents to help with potty training. Potty training can not be forced and children must be mentally and physically ready for this step in order for them to succeed. When potty training, parents will be given a schedule of times the child had gone to the bathroom, as well as each time the child had to be changed. The next step will be to take the child to the bathroom at the times in which he/she was successful in using the potty. If the child was unsuccessful in using the potty, then the child will be taken to the bathroom ten to fifteen minutes sooner. It is through this process that the parents and teacher have a clear idea of the child’s normal bathroom use. The idea is to conform to the child’s bathroom cycle as opposed to the child conforming to our schedule. This will produce less stress and greater reward for the child. Parents must make sure that they have the time to devote to the task of potty training while at home. It is much harder for the child to get potty trained if it’s not being reinforced at home. Potty training usually takes less than two weeks, however every child is different. Children not completely potty trained by three years old will have to remain in the two year old classroom and at the two year old tuition rate.
The primary caregiver will monitor your child’s progress and note any concerns on a daily basis in a journal dedicated for your child. The journals are for parent’s eyes only. The journal will follow the child throughout his/her stay at the Center and will be one of the tools used during parent conferences.
Your Child’s Day
Twos Sample Schedule
|6:00 – 7:00 AM||Good Morning & Free Choice in Centers (Dramatic Play, Library, Blocks, Science, & Art)|
|7:00 – 8:00 AM||Individual Activity and Teacher Directed Activities|
|8:00 – 8:30 AM||Wash hands and prepare for breakfast|
|8:30 – 9:00 AM||Circle time (Go over Month, Date, Day of the Week, Color, Shape, Number, and Letter)
Music and Movements
|9:00 – 9:30 AM||Teacher Directed Activity (Abeka Curriculum)|
|9:30 – 10:30 AM||Centers Open – Choice Time (Dramatic Play, Blocks, Library, Art and Manipulatives)|
|10:30 – 11:00 PM||Bathroom Break and Story Time|
|11:00 – 11:45 PM||Outdoor Play (weather permitting) and Grossmotor Skills|
|11:45 – 12:00 PM||Wash Hands and Prepare for Lunch|
|12:00 – 12:45 PM||Lunch Time|
|12:45 – 1:00 PM||Bathroom Break and Wash Hands|
|1:00 – 3:00 PM||Naptime|
|3:00 – 3:45 PM||Wake up/Bathroom and Snack Time|
|3:45 – 4:00 PM||Mini Circle and Review of the day’s lessons|
|4:00 – 4:45 PM||Outdoor Play Time (weather permitting)|
|4:45 – 5:30 PM||Bathroom/Story Time/Teacher Directed Activity|
|5:30 – 6:15 PM||Choice Time (Dramatic Play, Blocks, Library, Art and Manipulatives)|
|6:15 – 6:30 PM||Clean-up and prepare for dismissal|