Developmental Preschool Program [full- or half-day]
18 months – 3 years
Toddlers are transitioning from the utter dependence of infancy to the more mobile, independent world of preschoolers. They are learning in leaps and bounds how to communicate, move purposefully and assert their individuality.
At Stepping Stone School, our teachers introduce routines and offer positive guidance to help give our toddlers the confidence to practice new skills and embrace new experiences. Weekly, theme-based learning plans meet the diverse needs of every child through researched activities. This consistent-yet-changing, low-ratio atmosphere matches your child’s rapidly emerging interests and abilities, and offers many opportunities for early reading, math, science, construction and imaginative play learning experiences.
- respect our toddlers’ varied stages of language;
- speak clearly and frequently to all the children;
- use books, rhyming songs and fingerplays to promote the use of speech in social settings; and
- expand use of American Sign Language [ASL] as the children’s language development progresses, providing them with another way to communicate.
We foster the next level of physical development through:
- rhythm games and dancing, to help your toddler learn the joys of physical expression;
- coloring, painting, gluing, working puzzles and building with blocks, to help your child refine fine motor skills; and
- climbing, hopping and tumbling in our secure and closely monitored indoor and outdoor play areas.
- guide and model positive interactions for our children;
- cultivate a classroom culture of respect for children’s needs and feelings;
- acknowledge and encourage empathy;
- nurture independent activity and foster peer relationships; and
- support self-help skills.
We help your toddler develop critical learning skills through:
- guessing and listening games;
- cause-and-effect activities;
- a variety of toys your child can stack, sort, match or count;
- areas for sensory experiences, artistic expression and pre-writing opportunities; and
- guidance and encouragement of problem-solving skills.