Two and Half Year Old Program Curriculum
Two year old children are active, affectionate and sometimes strong-willed. It is a time when they begin to notice and explore the world. Much of their learning occurs through imitation and play. By promoting independence and developing their emerging awareness of social behavior, we help your two and half year old discover life beyond their own little world.
Learning through play is key to building a desire for learning in a young toddler! Our curriculum addresses each toddler’s growth and development by following his/her readiness cues. Daily themes and activities are designed to incorporate the developmental areas including: Sensory & Perception, Language & Communication, Emotional, Cognitive, and Physical.
The following are the broad goals that are emphasized in the Two and Half Year Old program:
The goal is for children to feel loved, valuable, competent, and learn to trust others.
Develop positive feeling about him/herself
Begin to make friends
Begin to take turns
Share with friends
Accept one’s feelings and express those feelings in appropriate ways
Develop self- help skills and independence
Language and Speech
Increase the ability to communicate by developing listening skills, increasing vocabulary, and expressing ideas
Follow simple directions
Develop longer attention span
Develop an interest in books/story time
Introduce print awareness
FINE MOTOR SKILLS
Develop eye-hand coordination and the control of small muscles through the following activities:
Painting(with brushes, fingers, dot painters, sponges)
Building with blocks
Stringing Large Beads
Sorting objects by type
LARGE MOTOR SKILLS
Develop coordination of large muscles
Runs, walks, hops, jumps, skips, and climbs
Develop ability to throw and catch
Rides trikes or other ride on toys
Bean bag games and movement
Begin to walk the stairs with alternating feet
Introduced throughout the day through games, books, songs, and other interactive centers. Small and large group experiences are designed to introduce and reinforce these skills:
Recognize some basic shapes and colors
Stays on task while doing craft or activity (3-5 min.)
Beginning recognition of numerals, 1-5
Counting to 5 (or farther by rote)
Beginning recognition of upper case letters
Developing concept of matching, comparing
Begin to sort objects by color, size, type, use
Begin to develop a concept of time and sequence by following a daily schedule.
Increase the ability to learn about the environment through the use of the five senses
Begin to observe seasonal and weather changes and relate hem to change in their own dress and activities
Begin to understand the process of growth in plants, animals, and themselves
Identify major parts of the body
Practice basic rules, of health/safety by washing hands, covering mouth when coughing, tissue to wipe nose.
The Two and Half Year old curriculum is designed to enhance the development of each individual child while challenging them to extend their skills and levels of understanding. Children this age fit into a wide range of developmental levels, so we provide many open-ended activities and experiences.