Twos

Quick Facts
  • Classes meet either two days or three days per week. Two-day classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 -12:50. Three-day classes meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00-12:50.
  • In order to best meet their developmental needs, two-year-old children are divided into classes by age.
  • Two-year-olds attend a music class twice a week.
   
Primary Purposes

We strive to help our two-year-olds develop age-appropriate social and emotional skills through play and interaction with peers and adults. We plan activities to facilitate language skills, cognitive development, emerging independence, and connectedness with others. Most of all, we want our two-year-olds to feel loved, cared for, and treasured. 


Typical Day

http://www.whitememorial.org/uploads/2-boys-300x220.jpgTwo-year-olds spend their day engaging in a balance of structured and unstructured activities. Typical centers in our twos classes include dramatic play, story sharing, blocks, sensory tables, and imaginative play. Art activities are planned to encourage self-expression and exploring the process of art. Early learning skills, including counting and color naming are introduced and practiced in developmentally-appropriate ways. Teachers engage with the children as a group using books, nursery rhymes, and simple songs. Children spend time on the playground each day and attend a music class twice a week. A snack is provided for our students. Snack time allows children to practice emerging social and daily living skills. Children who stay for lunch bring a packed lunch from home.


Curriculum

We do not use a specific academic curriculum for two-year-olds. Activities are developed around guidelines for developmentally-appropriate practices outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (http://www.naeyc.org/DAP). Relationship-building and self-regulation skills are taught using guidelines from Conscious Discipline (consciousdiscipline.com/).