Over arching content about the toddler program. (pictures, philosophy, videos, etc)
- During the first two years of life children need to acquire basic trust, a pervasive sense of the essential trustworthiness of oneself and others. This sense of safety and security comes from responsive, predictable care from familiar others to whom the child is attached. This trust is also related to trust in God.
- Each child also needs to develop a sense of autonomy, a sense of being a separate independent self. This comes from being treated as an individual and being allowed increasing opportunities for independence.
- Children need to feel a sense of personal power. Each child needs to know he/she can affect (influence) things.
- Children need to develop a sense of competence. This means the child says, “I can achieve things.”
The Alligators and Koala Bears focus on monthly themes in Math, Science, Social Studies, and more.
Examples of themes include but are not limited to:
- All about me, Friendship, Family, Community Helpers, Transportation, Recycling and Stranger Danger.
- Five Senses, Seasons, Nutrition and Health, Weather, Space, Dental Health, Animal Life cycles, Plants and Gardens.
- Shapes, Colors, Numbers, Counting, Patterns, Matching, Graphing, Positions, Measuring, Comparing and Sequencing.
- Apples, Pumpkins, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Jesus Birthday, Snow and mittens, Polar Animals, God’s Love, Dinosaurs, Easter, Zoo and Bugs.
Children participate in Circle Time daily where they learn about the calendar, weather and more.
Children practice skills using gross and fine motor skills like holding a pencil, cutting with child safe scissors, lacing and much more.
Children are taught basic Spanish and ASL in their classrooms.
Each classroom prepares the children to go into the next room where their skills are enhanced and built upon getting them ready for Kindergarten.