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Younger Toddler Preschool

2 years

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Younger Toddler

Our Younger Toddler program provides a warm, welcoming environment where your child can grow from a bundle of joy & curiosity to a bundle of discovery. 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.

Younger Toddler program is filled with investigation, exploration, and discovery, where active and enthusiastic children can refine and expand their skills and knowledge.

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

 Without showing them, the child points to the correct picture when you say, “Show me the kitty,” or ask, “Where is the dog?”

The child imitates a two-word sentence.

The child follows one simple command, such as “Come here,” “Give it to me,” or “Put it back,” without your using gestures.

Without giving them clues by pointing or using gestures, the child can carry out directions like, “Put the toy on the table,” “Take my hand,” and “Bring me a towel.”

If you point to a picture of different objects, like a ball, kitty, cup, or hat, and ask the child, “What is this?” the child correctly names at least one picture.

The child says two or three words that represent different ideas together, such as “See dog,” “Mommy come home,” or “Kitty gone.”

The child correctly uses at least two words like “me,” “I,” “mine,” and “you”.

Target Gross Motor Milestones

The child walks downstairs they hold a hand, a railing, or wall.

When you show the child how to kick a large ball, they try to kick the ball by moving their leg forward or by walking into it.

The child walks either up or down at least two steps by themself. They may hold onto the railing or wall.

The child runs fairly well, stopping themself without bumping into things or falling

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

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

Target Fine Motor Milestones

The child gets a spoon into their mouth right side up so that the food usually doesn’t spill.

The child turns the pages of a book by themself. They may turn more than one page at a time.

The child flips switches off and on. 

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

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

Target Problem-Solving Milestone

After a crumb or Cheerio is dropped into a small, clear bottle, the child turns the bottle upside down to dump out the crumb or Cheerio.

The child pretends objects are something else. For example, the child holds a cup to their ear, pretending it is a telephone.

The child puts things away where they belong.

The child gets a box to stand on to reach for something. For example, to get a toy on a counter, or to “help” in the kitchen while the child watches.

Target Personal-Social Milestones

The child drinks from a cup or glass, putting it down again with little spilling.

The child copies the activities you do, such as wipe up a spill, sweep, or comb hair.

The child eats with a fork.

When playing with either a stuffed animal or a doll, the child pretends to rock it, feed it, change its diapers, put it to bed, and so forth.

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

The child calls themself “I” or “me” more often than her own name. For example, “I do it,” more often than “Mackenzie do it.”

Target Math Goals

 Students count up to 10 pictures and dots individually and as a group. Mastery is gradual and the eventual goal is for students to be able to stay the total number of objects in each group without counting.

Students count up to 30 using pictures and numbers. Gradually, students learn to recognize groups of up to 20 dots without counting them individually.

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

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

We use bean bags, hula hoops, crawling tunnels, bouncy balls, soccer balls, footballs, cones, and more to give children the best possible fun and an encouraging start when it comes to early physical fitness and development.

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Monday-Friday  7:30am-5:30pm

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