Toddlers can sit, run, walk forwards and backwards, climb up with two feet on a step, push, squat, kick, throw, and jump. Scribbling progresses to making a circle and flat line, holding a pencil halfway down using palmar, picking up small objects, building with 4-7 blocks, removing shoes.
Creative experience- Large indoor/ outdoor spaces filled with fun activities allow these movements. LCD writing tablets for writing, exercise, dance, and self-help skills contribute to building motor skills.
They can link two words to make sentences, copy last words, combine words, name known objects, and point a finger to talk. At this age conversation is not understandable 25% to 75% of the time, thus it is vital to ask questions such as: What’s that? What are you doing?
Creative Practices: Staff constantly communicate with them while performing routines, labelling their feelings and actions, reading picture books with a few words, story baskets with props for songs and stories, and creating an opportunity to talk.
They sort objects by shape and colour, engage in make-believe play, learn concepts, match games, four-piece puzzles, and use mechanical toys.
Center provides cause & effect toys, science experience, sensorial toys, connecting pieces to build, and opportunities to solve problems.
Children like colours, lights, sounds, smells, and soft toys. Some like messy tactile.
Center exposes the children to natural materials, stones, leaves, paint, playdough, smelly markers, sand/water play, disco light, texture material and soft toys.
Parallel play, sometimes play with other children for a short time, not sharing yet just the beginning, “me/mine” imitate parents, clingy to familiar adults, beginning of empathy.
Tantrums, instant gratification of request, very reluctant to compromise, curious but doesn’t have a sense of danger, hate restrained, and objects to change routines.
The Center takes verbal and non-verbal clues and guides them. We aim to build strong bonding relationships by being responsive and helping them to regulate and appropriately model their emotions.