Discovery Toddler Program: 12 month – 2 ½ year olds
Here at Discovery, we get how critical early education is to your preschooler. That’s why we’ve designed a program to serve their growing minds, and leverage their amazing curiosity to give them the best start possible. At this life stage, a loose structure is introduced to their day-to-day to start the slow transition to a more standard classroom setting. The classroom is designed with your child’s education in mind. There are stations set up including building, dramatic play, music, and reading for them to explore. We focus on starting to build fine motor skills by using crayons, paint brushes, and different kinds of blocks. Your child will be able to practice using crayons and paint brushes while also allowing them to utilize their creativity to create art they can bring home to share with you.
This program will include teaching colors, numbers, letters, and shapes. Discovery integrates teaching with play to help children learn in a more natural way. We aim to encourage and enrich experiences as they occur. For instance, while pushing in chairs at a table we will count as each chair is pushed in or while your child eats a popsicle we can mention that it is made out of ice which melts when it gets warm. Any everyday experience can be transformed into a teaching opportunity and we love how this method excites and motivates children to want to learn more. By the end of the program, your child will be able to know what letter their name begins with and learn the basics of the alphabet, number recognition, and counting.
For this age group, children will still primarily parallel play, but will start to show interest in playing together with their peers. We will assist in this transition for your child by helping model the positive behaviors of sharing and taking turns, providing words of encouragement when they practice these behaviors, and point out how their actions make others feel.
When it comes to potty training, we know every child is ready at different times. When you feel your child is ready, let us know and we will work with you to help them acquire that skill. If your child is particularly struggling with potty training, we can use a sticker chart or another reward system to keep them motivated.
For this Discovery program, children are provided with breakfast, two snacks, and a lunch. Our staff serves individual meals for each child and they are monitored for help whenever necessary. We all know children can be messy, especially when they are just learning how to eat on their own! Safety and cleanliness are important, so here at Discovery we make sure to be attentive and minimize the potential for the spread of germs.