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                                                                       Toddler Program

18 months to 36 months

Toddlers are explorers. They learn all the time, through everything they do. They discover gravity when they pull themselves up and fall down. They learn about opposites when they climb over, and crawl through, under and around. One part of a toddler's day cannot be distinguished as more or less educational than another. Socially, toddlers are independent, self-centered beings. Their wants, needs, space, and possessions bear no interference from others. Sharing, waiting for a turn and cooperating are social skills that must be learned and are introduced and encouraged at PUMPKIN PATCH. Language development is crucial for toddlers as it helps them express feelings and needs related to other areas of development. The Patch's teachers willingly listen, elicit responses, talk to the children, and patiently answer the hundreds of questions asked of them. Motor development is ongoing within the toddler program, and children are provided encouragement, appropriate space and opportunities to further develop both large and small motor skills. Music and movement are done throughout the day, in addition to outside time where the children can just be children, because we feel that is the most important part of being a toddler.  


Toddler Schedule


7:30-9:00 - Arrival and Free Play - Two or three choices of toys are given for the children.  Discuss the child’s night. 
8:45-9:00 - Clean Up and Diapering - One teacher changes diapers and works on potty training.  The co-teacher gets the children ready for snack time.
9:00 - Snack - At this time morning snack is served.  Snack food is provided by the center.
9:15-9:30 - Music and Movement/ Outdoor Prep - One teacher does movement activities with children while the other teacher prepares them for outside time.

9:30-10:30 - Outdoor Play - Weather permitting, children are taken outside on either the playground or for a buggy ride. In case of bad weather free play activities are arranged.

10:30-11:15 - Art and Centers - Children are split into two groups.  One group works on an art project, while the other group uses manipulative toys such as Leggos, puzzles or Playdough.  On days that art is not done a sensory activity is done in its place.

11:15-11:30 - Diapering and Circle Time -  Children begin to learn name recognition, shapes, colors, letters and numbers through songs and books. Co-teacher pulls children from circle to do diapers and potty.         

11:30-12:00 - Lunch – Parent-provided lunch is served.   
12:00-12:15 - Quiet time – The teacher sits with children and reads stories before nap. Co-teacher cleans up from lunch.
12:15-2:30 - Nap Time - Each child’s back is rubbed until sleeping.  Soft music is played throughout nap.

2:30-2:45 - Diapering and Wake up - Children begin to wake up and are taken for diapers and potty.

2:45-3:00 - Snack - Center-provided snack is served.

3:00-4:00 - Outdoor play - Weather permitting children are taken outside on the playground. Free play is arranged on bad weather days.

4:00-4:30 - Music and Movement – An interactive CD is viewed and children use instruments, trampoline and other large motor activities.

4:30-5:30 - Parent Arrival and  Diapering - Children are given a choice of activities involving fine motor skills.  Parents arrive.  Teachers take the time to talk to the parents about the day. Daily sheets are reviewed and the room is prepared for following day.