Playgroup for 2 yr-olds
It's hard for our two year old students to wait in the hall before class time. Once the teachers open the door, they can't wait to come romping in and get busy exploring the toys and activities in our Toddler Room!
The room features a train table and dramatic play
corner with pretend kitchen, tools, Dr's kit and dollies as the mainstays. Each week, the tabletop puzzles and other manipulative toys, as well as the contents of our sensory bin, change as we rotate through our many and varied collection to offer novel items & opportunities for learning through play. Two year old students can always (and often do!) curl up on a teacher's lap and read a book from our classroom library shelf.
The child-directed free playtime makes up the first hour to hour and 15 mins. of class. After that, the group takes a short walk to our gym space for gross motor activities. Some days the riding toys are out. If not, teachers set up other apparatus that promote climbing (we have a free standing slide), crawling (through pop-open tunnels), jumping on a mini trampoline, rolling on mats, balancing on stepping stones, tossing balls in a hoop, or rocking with friends in a classic preschool wooden boat.
To settle down busy bodies and growling tummies, the class shares snack time together before ending the day with good-by "circle time" which includes a short read-aloud story followed by good-bye music in which children participate with instruments & singing voices.