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Toddler Curriculum-Promoting School Readiness

Toddlers are given the opportunity to flourish in our structured classrooms that promote positive early childhood outcomes. Our curriculum is composed of lesson plans and rich themes with ultimate educational goals in mind. We prepare the children in the following domains:

I. Social and Emotional Development
II. Language and Communication
III. Emergent Literacy Reading
IV. Emergent Literacy Writing
V. Mathematics
VI. Science
VII. Art
VIII. Physical Development

Beautiful, Organized, Aesthetically pleasing Environment

The toddler classroom is organized in a manner that is rich with environmental print for literacy, small cozy spaces for reading, accessible centers for exploration, and 2 teachers in each class. These areas integrate different learning concepts and provide essential foundations for our teachers to effectively teach.

Example: Our toddler classroom is spacious and inviting. This ample space is divided into the following centers of dramatic play, library, construction, math and science, art, and writing.

A Diverse Structured Daily Schedule

Our preschool curriculum consists of rich weekly themes and lesson plans which overlap on various concepts. Our curriculum incorporates Spanish, Italian, Piano, Guitar and Basketball. Research shows that greater exposure in multiple ways helps solidify concept development and enhance critical thinking.

Example: A child squishes the red play dough and screams "Red!" The teacher would reinforce this by responding "That is correct, the play dough is red just like this big red tomato." This discussion would lead to a topic on red vegetables, a red fire truck, etc. The children may soon thereafter have a visit from the Fire Department and see the big red Fire Truck.

Higher Quality Teacher-Child Relations

We appreciate each child's aptitude for learning, temperament, and special interests. Our low teacher-child ratios consist of 2 teachers in each classroom. This allows the children to benefit from individualized one-on-one instruction, smaller group or larger group opportunities.

Example: a 2 year-old child that may need speech support would be given daily individualized one-on-one "speech therapy" play time with our educators.

Evidence Based Gradual Release Model

We provide multiple opportunities to practice new skills with a rich curriculum that integrates materials and concepts throughout the day. We view the children as strong, active learners and use positive intervention methods.

Example: Our teacher may show a child how to use the balance scale by carefully putting the weights on one scale pan then balancing blocks on the other scale pan. Next, the child having witnessed this modeled behavior may help. Eventually, the child will complete the task independently and initiate further exploration of weights and objects.

A Warm, Supportive, Nurturing Environment

Flamingo educators listen and respond with warmth and sensitivity to children's feelings and ideas. We use positive language and encourage children to develop creative problem-solving skills to independently make choices and decisions.

Example: Our teacher may say to a child "It's alright to feel excited about going outside to play, but it's not alright to hit your friends when you feel excited because it hurts them."