Curriculum - Toddler
1 to 2 years

  1. Social Development

    1. To foster feelings of competence
      • provide toys and activities that encourage them to play alone
      • provide opportunities for imitation
      • provide prompt return responses
      • respond to their various emotional moods, and help them to control them in a positive way
      • give support when they try to do things on their own
      • play music, songs, and action rhymes with many body motions that they can perform
      • give them a chance to achieve a new developmental step, a sense of ownership

    2. To develop positive, self-help skills and foster independence
      • to learn how, when and why they should wash their hands, and chances to dress themselves
      • to be allowed to use the spoon and cup for themselves at meals
      • to be encouraged to pick up toys after they have finished playing with them

  2. Cognitive Development

    1. To enhance language development
      • provide many books and magazines with large and colorful pictures
      • more opportunities to play seek and find
      • encourage "give and take" games
      • more opportunities to find things that disappear
      • help in learning the parts of their body
      • much practice with various shapes
      • provide opportunities for them to learn how to do things in a certain order
      • practice in going to get the toys and other things that they want or need

    2. Begin and understand how to use language
      • provide courteous responses to their efforts at polite speech
      • patiently and correctly answer all of their questions
      • opportunities to try to understand the meaning of longer and harder sentences
      • verbally label objects for them to imitate
      • provide much practice in naming objectives

  3. Physical Development

    1. To enhance small motor skills
      • provide opportunities to practice drinking with a filled cup
      • provide paper and brightly colored crayons to use
      • provide books that are colorful and attractive to them
      • provide interesting objects to help their eye-hand coordination, and to give them quiet time
      • many manipulative toys and experiences to practice new and refine existing motor skills
      • opportunities to play with clay, playdough, large bead items to strings, etc.

    2. To enhance large motor skills
      • to provide opportunities to practice walking, dancing, marching, running, develop casting and overhand throwing, for pounding
      • find and explore things in the environment, kick and throw balls, climb up and down stairs and other obstacles