At Jordan Alexander’s preschool and daycare, we have three toddler programs:
- Toddler I: 12-18 months, 1 to 5 teacher to child ratio
- Toddler II: 18-24 months, 1 to 5 teacher to child ratio
- Eager Engineers: 24-30 months, 1 to 7 teacher to child ratio
Toddlers are filled with unparalleled curiosity. They are constantly on the move, and they’re quick to laugh and sometimes quick to cry. That’s why our toddler teachers put a strong emphasis on smiles, hugs, praise, laughter and positive play.
It’s quite common to see our teachers sitting on the floor and engaging their kids in pure, simple play. This type of teaching provides opportunities for children to choose fun activities and interact with peers as they are comfortable. First and foremost, our toddler classes revolve around the social-emotional aspects specific to toddlers. Toddlers need to feel emotionally safe in their environment, which includes the ability to build strong attachments to their caregivers in order to explore the world that surrounds them.
Our toddler classes are designed to grow along with your child, building on past experiences and new opportunities for growth. We break our Toddler classes into three groups based on age.
Toddler Curriculum Focus
Social and Emotional Development
- Responding to children’s needs individually while also integrating whole-group, communal care and consideration for others
- Allowing children to demonstrate age/stage appropriate behaviors within a safe environment
- Working with children to help them develop conflict mediation skills
- Providing downtime for children to regroup on an as-needed basis
Language Development and Communication
- Integrating basic sign language to allow children the opportunity to integrate left and right brain operating patterns
- Assisting children in building a useful vocabulary by giving words for them to employ or respond to with gestures and non-verbal cues
- Recognizing words as well as verbalizations; modeling successful communication patterns
Physical Health and Development
- Arranging the classroom to provide opportunities for constant movement encouraging growth and mastery of large motor skills
- Offering activities that require the use of fine motor skills and focused attention.
- Providing chunks of time to play outdoors or in the gym
- Fostering curiosity, offering experiences relating to cause and effect
- Recognizing the individuality of each child to allow for the manipulation of objects, as each child deems appropriate