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TODDLER


Our Toddlers program uses hands-on exploration and social interaction in safe, engaging surroundings to help your one to two year old learn about his or her expanding world. Through the guidance of our early childhood development professionals, toddlers enjoy learning experiences that promote their blossoming independence and social skills, and foster self-confidence.

Leap Years curriculum for toddlers is designed to adapt to each individual child’s age and stage. Experienced teachers promote emotional, physical, social, and intellectual development in a fun, engaging environment.


Toddlers Curriculum for School Readiness

Building language and the foundation of pre-reading skills in toddlers

Language is starting to blossom as toddlers expand their vocabulary from single into multiple-word phrases. Our teachers continually model language and engage toddlers in rich conversations. By providing a language-rich environment that encourages your child’s progress towards achievement of two-way communication, your toddler will have the opportunity to:

Participate in conversations with teachers and peers
Follow one-step directions
Develop an appreciation of books through stories and read aloud
Increase short-term memory and recall
Use writing tools and make purposeful marks such as scribbles on paper

Helping toddlers develop healthy habits and a positive attitude about wellness

The relationship between a child's physical health and his social, emotional, and cognitive achievements makes it crucial to ensure he feels strong, healthy, and well nourished every day. Well Aware focuses on child nutrition, safety, and wellness, and lays the groundwork for a lifetime of healthy habits. Our toddler teachers enable children to understand how their bodies work, what they need, and how to protect them by helping children:

Practice small muscle skills like drawing, writing, cutting
Spend time in the natural world
Identify healthy foods and growing vegetables from seed
Practice proper hygiene
Follow simple safety rules

Fostering positive attitude in toddlers towards others and the world

Daily activities such as watering flowers, viewing diverse family photos, and playing with differently-abled figurines help toddlers begin to step outside their own boundaries and to embrace concepts such as acceptance, diversity, and personal responsibility. Toddler teachers encourage children to reflect on themselves, their peers, and the world they live in by:

Talking about feelings
Having "show and share" times
Encouraging play between peers
Expressing compassion and empathy in books and daily interactions
Connecting actions (i.e., taking a friend's toy) to an effect (crying from the friend)

Encouraging creativity and innovation in toddlers

Meaningful engagement in the arts allows toddlers to think flexibly, generate creative solutions, and enhances development in other areas including literacy, math, and science. Our teachers encourage creativity and innovation by engaging children in artistic experiences that allow them to explore art with all their senses. Your toddler will have the opportunity to:
Explore sensory materials - squishy clay, textured sponges, and scented paint
Experiment with and explore colours
Play, shake, and strum instruments from rain sticks to xylophones
Dance with scarves to varied types of music
Participate in pretend play
Play with puppets

Supporting toddlers in developing scientific thinking through investigation

Toddlers have a strong sense of curiosity about how things work and an innate desire to make sense of the world. From stomping in puddles to investigating a sandbox, our curriculum nurtures and builds on these natural instincts, offering toddlers’ meaningful learning experiences that continually foster and develop their scientific thinking and skills. Our teachers weave scientific learning into all aspects of a toddler’s day by offering opportunities to:

Explore multiple solutions during story times
Play with puzzles and busy boxes
Manipulate play dough with tools such as cookie cutters and rolling pins
Experiment with volume through sand, water, and rice play at the sensory table
Formulate "why, what, how?" questions in daily interactions

Guiding toddlers’ first step to mathematical understandings

A toddler classroom is full of math activities from figures for sorting, to shape boxes for matching, to cups to stack by size, to sensory tables to learn comparison of quantity and volume. With our toddler curriculum, Leap Years teachers help one and two-year-olds take their first steps towards understanding math by:

Using "number talk" such as more/less, under / over, inside / outside, full / empty
Counting to two or three during activities such as snack time
Talking about time in daily conversations ("Now…then…last")
Playing sorting and matching games

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