The Toddler program enrolls students from 18 months to 30 months in September. We do our best to maintain a peer group that can stay in the toddler class for the entire 9 month school year. Each child will be moved up on an individual basis depending on space, development and recommendation of the teacher but cannot remain in the program once they turn 3.
The toddler program holds a 1-6 ratio and a maximum of 10 students daily. In the toddler program the lead teacher follows the structure and routines of our preschool program to help the children get prepared for a school setting. We use the One-In-Christ Bible curriculum, which is developed by Concordia and covers each of the developmental areas, including math, science, language, dramatic play, self-expression and music and movement. Your child will receive a lesson plan each week explaining which activities and developmental objectives they will be working on. Because we are a developmental school, we evaluate the children’s individual needs and challenge them in the areas they are excelling in while working with them in areas that need improvement. Your teacher will do assessments and schedule a parent-teacher conference to discuss your child’s development in January.
We also believe that young children learn best through play. Therefore, our toddler teacher will design fun games and activities which help children to explore how things work and develop skills while playing! In the Toddler program your child will learn self-help skills including potty-training, feeding themselves, sitting during meal times, washing hands, and improving language skills. Your child will be exposed to their names, colors, shapes, and a variety of themes which explore the world they live in. We will work on expanding attention span, developing fine motor skills essential to holding a pencil and writing their names, as well as learning how to be a friend as the teachers emphasize appropriate social skills and how to show God’s love. The toddler class will attend preschool Chapel each Thursday of the week to participate in fun songs, bible stories, and skits. If your child is enrolled in our toddler program, he or she will receive caring guidance and teaching as each child learns and grows at their own pace.