Early Childhood Program: Twos
Daily activities for children who are in the two-year-old program are based upon projects and units of study. A balanced schedule provides experiences in group and individual settings and includes stories, music, language experiences, natural discovery, and inquisitive discussions.
Classrooms are arranged into centers that include age-appropriate educational toys, materials, and games based upon the interests of the children. These include centers for books, blocks, sensory materials, art, puzzles and manipulatives, math, science, and dramatic play. Children have the opportunity to work and play in these centers individually, with a friend, or in small groups. Choosing centers provides practice in making decisions, following directions, working independently, and learning about the care and use of materials.
Outside time offers opportunities for gross motor development (including climbing, running, jumping, pedaling, and building), social interactions, as well as a chance to experience weather and seasons. Children can also experiment with sand and water during these outside periods.
Daily group lessons include stories, music, gross motor activities, language experiences, and discussions including questioning and research. Additional activities include cooking, growing plants, nature interactions, and having visitors share information about the unit studies. Children will also have opportunities for music, creative movement, tumbling, and other large motor activities. Children learn language, science, and math skills through experiential and integrated play and projects.
• Self-help skills including manipulation of clothes for toilet and developing toileting skills when ready
• Asks and answers questions
• Makes independent choices regarding play
• Enjoys peer play, begins to share/cooperate
• Beginning to use words instead of physical aggression when upset
• Names familiar objects and expresses ideas, expresses physical needs (thirsty, hungry, etc.), uses 4-5 word sentences, repeats songs, rhymes, finger plays
• Enjoys books, can turn single pages independently, and is attentive when stories are read
• Large motor skills including climbing, running, jumping, rolling and catching a ball, pedaling a tricycle
• Fine motor skills including grasping with fingers, completing 3-5 piece puzzles, stirring with a spoon, painting with brushes
• Curious about surrounding world
• Uses imagination in pretend play
• Developing ability to solve problems independently