Our toddler program is based upon building and sustaining warm, trusting and responsive relationships between the teachers and the children, helping them to form a strong, positive identity. When paired with consistent and predictable daily routines, toddlers develop a sense of security. To meet their need to explore and assert their autonomy, a team of two teachers provide safe, stimulating indoor and outdoor environments designed for and only used by other toddlers.
Throughout the day, teachers are responding to your child’s needs reinforcing that he is understood and important. Nutritious snacks are provided and potty training occurs when each child shows signs that he is ready. Continuity is important to us and to your child to sustain the trust that has been built between him and his teachers.
Teachers observe what children are doing to determine their individual interests and abilities. They then provide materials and interactive experiences to help each child explore and develop a particular interest. This is called intentional teaching.
FELS teachers use The Creative Curriculum, which is based on the philosophy that children learn best through hands on activities that are of interest to them. It is important to remember that toddlers do not learn best when there are structured lessons for an entire group, rigid scheduling or work sheets. Developmentally, a toddler learns through exploration. Therefore, we maximize movement and discovery.
Interest areas such as art, books, blocks, computers, music and movement, have materials that are of high interest to toddlers providing them the opportunity to explore, experiment and discover. The teacher’s role is to guide them through this process.
A variety of themes introduce concepts into the classroom and are communicated to parents through lesson plan postings. Some themes my be families, healthy foods and holidays. The best themes, however, are those that reflect a classroom experience. For example, if the toddlers see butterflies outside and become fascinated with them, learning more about them becomes a perfect theme.
Daily Communication forms summarize each child’s day, including activities, eating habits and nap times. This helps keep parents informed and to foster a partnership between parents and teachers, which is important to meeting a child’s needs.