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Older Toddler

3 years

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Older Toddler

Our Older Toddler program provides a warm, welcoming environment where your child can grow from a bundle of joy to a bundle of curiosity. Your child’s primary caregiver is a nurturing child development professional who is focused on creating experiences and opportunities that invite exploration and support the rapid and important development that is occurring in a child’s third year.

Through Howard Gardner’s Multiple intelligence philosophy, practices, purposefully-designed learning environments, and enriched activities, educators ensure students have joyful, suitable, and meaningful learning experiences that lead to success in school and in life.

Every Child is Unique

That's why we tailor our programming to each child's specific needs.

Below, you'll find our Target Milestones for each age-group, 

so that you know exactly how we aim to support your child at school.

Target Communication Milestones

When you ask the child to point to their nose, eyes, hair, feet, ears, and so forth, they correctly point to at least seven body parts. They can point to parts of themself, you, or a doll.

The child makes sentences that are three or four words long.

Without giving the child help by pointing or using gestures, the child can follow directions when asked to “put the book on the table” and “put the shoe under the chair."

When looking at a picture book, the child tells you what is happening or what action is taking place in the picture.

The child says their first and last name.

Target Gross Motor Milestones

Without holding onto anything for support, the child kicks a ball by swinging their leg forward.

The child jumps with both feet leaving the floor at the same time.

The child walks upstairs, using only one foot on each stair.

The child stands on one foot for about 1 second without holding on to anything.

The child jumps with both feet leaving the floor at the same time

The child stands on one foot for about 1 second with both feet leaving the ground at the same time.

Target Fine Motor Milestones

After the child watches you draw a line from the top of the paper to the bottom with a pencil, crayon, or pen, ask them to make a line like yours.

The child strings small items such as beads, macaroni, or pasta “wagon wheels” onto a string or shoelace.

The child can draw a line from one side of the paper to the other.

The child stacks seven small blocks or toys on top of each other by themself.

The child holds a pencil, crayon, or pen between their finger and thumb like an adult.

Target Problem-Solving Milestones

If the child wants something they cannot reach, they find a chair or box to stand on to reach it.

When you point to a figure and ask the child, “What is this?” the child says a word that means a person or something similar.

When you say, “Say ‘seven three,'" the child repeats just the two numbers in the same order.

Target Personal-Social Milestones

The child uses a spoon to feed themself with little spilling.

The child pushes a little wagon, stroller, or toy on wheels, steering it around objects and backing out of corners if they cannot turn.

When the child is looking in a mirror and you ask, “Who is in the mirror?” they says either “me” or their own name.

The child puts on a coat, jacket, or shirt by themself.

The child takes turns by waiting while another child or adult takes a turn.

Target Math Milestones

Students learn to use a pencil through line tracing exercises, beginning with short lines and advancing to long curved lines. The curved lines gradually take the shape of large numbers. This develops the fine motor skills needed to trace and write numbers independently and teaches the natural stroke order required for number formation.

Students also develop their concentration ability and learn to recite numbers up to 50. Students learn to write numbers up to 50.

Students deepen their understanding of the number sequence through writing consecutive numbers and filling in the blanks in number tables, number boards, and complete-the-sequence problems.

By the end of the level, students learn to read up to 100.

Target Reading Milestones

Enjoyable “look, listen, and repeat” exercises and colorful illustrations help pre-readers develop phonemic awareness of the beginning of sounds of words, build a sight word vocabulary, and make the connection between spoken and written language.

The child engages in daily Suzuki exercises at school, which allow them to connect phonic sounds with letters.

Music Goals

Shedding Egocentricity: The child will recognize that her movement and babble do not match the sounds of music in the environment.

Breaking the Code: The child will lean to imitate with some precision the sounds of music in the environment.

Kinetic Learning Goals

Basketball, Bean Bag Skills, Football, Golf, Hockey, Hula Hoops, Obstacle Courses, Soccer, Tee-ball, Tennis, and many more.

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