2 Year Olds

some band The education and care of 2 year olds can be described as holistic in nature. The child's creativity and curiosity is nurtured as they are guided through explorations of many hands-on materials. The child is invited to participate in activities which are appealing to the senses: music, art, movement, and creation bring meaning to their young world. Listening and attending skills are strengthened as the young child shares picture books, developmental games, and puzzle activities with other children and with a caring, empathetic teacher. Daily events and a well maintained, prepared environment foster security, allowing the child to explore freely and develop at his or her own pace.

There are many questions to consider when preparing a toddler to transition to the classroom for three and four year old children. We have prepared responses to frequently asked questions on the topic:

1. Will my child need to wear a school uniform? Yes. All children in preschool and elementary wear school uniforms. Information on uniforms is available on our school website. Our school colors are tan, blue, and white. Clothing may be purchased at a variety of locations, including Old Navy and JC Penny.

2. Does my child need to be potty-trained to transition? Not necessarily. We strongly encourage families and teachers to work together on this step towards independence, and if a child is very close to this goal, he or she may be able to move into the classroom for older children. Decisions will be made on an individual basis.

3. Which room will my child move into? Each child is carefully observed to determine which classroom would be an appropriate match to learning and communication style. As Miss Elise shares, "We observe each child individually to see where the child feels 'at home' the most, and feels challenged to their greatest capacity." The teachers communicate as a team to determine classroom placement with input from the directors.

4. How do you define 'readiness'? As a child approaches his or her third birthday, the following are observed: social/emotional readiness, independence, language & communication, interests, problem solving, and overall motor readiness. These observations paired with communication with parents guide the decision to transition a child to the preschool classroom.

5. What is the time frame for transition? Each transition begins with the child visiting the 'new' classroom for circle time, extended work times, and other classroom visits. This gradual transition allows the child to develop a sense of comfort and allows the child to be introduced to new routines and materials at a gentle pace.

Please direct additional questions to Miss Camille or to Mr. Jason, thank you!

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