The Practical Life Area of the classroom encourages care of self and of the prepared environment. The children are working on dressing and undressing themselves along with basic toiling skills. They also enjoy activities like setting the table, pouring water, folding laundry, sweeping, dusting, scooping and the dressing frames (buttoning, zipping, lacing).
Practical life skills are important to develop because they give the child a sense of “I am helping” which later in life translates to being responsible to the community.
Children in the Toddler Program are working on both large and fine motor skills. Large motor skills are developed through activities like the climber, carrying of chairs and outdoor activities. Children this age really love challenges that allow them to put forth their maximum effort.
Fine motor skills are developed through activities such as the grasping of puzzle pieces with a full hand grasp, gradually moving to a pincher grasp. Threading beads on a stick or a string and opening and closing work are activities that aid in development of the hand.
Children in the Toddler Program are in a sensitive period for language. They are literally absorbing the language spoken In the environment. It is with this in mind that we provide several different forms of language development such as conversation, songs, books and vocabulary enrichment.
Vocabulary enrichment includes objects, picture cards, puzzles, magnets, artwork and photos.