This is often a child’s first real experience of being away from home on a regular basis. It is also a difficult transition for parents. We encourage parents to talk about school as a fun, happy place without mentioning that you are going to miss them. This will facilitate a chance for a great beginning. If your child needs to bring a stuffed animal or other comfort item during the first few weeks, it is understandable.
When two-year-olds begin school they need to feel secure. Their teacher will spend time showing them where the bathroom is located, where to wash hands, where to hang up tote bags etc. until everyone feels comfortable in the new environment. We spend as much “one-on-one” time as possible with the children. This nurturing and emotionally secure environment is critical to the foundations we lay for learning.
A two-year-old is usually very active with a short attention span. Two-year-olds are far more interested in finding out about themselves and developing their own skills rather than interacting with other children. Many times, he or she will be sitting next to another child but completely oblivious that anyone is there. Therefore, our program consists of quiet group projects mixed with active learning and play activities that are structured in manageable time frames. The schedule is flexible to allow for daily changes in mood and interest levels.
Painting, manipulating play-dough, building with blocks, playing house are real joys to these children. Special attention is given to basic shapes and distinguishing colors. We appeal to a child to learn by using all five senses. We introduce simple sequencing, matching and spatial relationships. Movement, actions and instruments are used with repetition to increase their enjoyment and participation in musical expression.