Toddlers are now ready to become active learners, but before academic learning can begin, toddlers must first develop a strong foundation for learning. They must develop social competency skills, their ability to attend, and enhance their self-regulatory skills. At the Growing Tree North, our toddlers are introduced to a variety of structured social settings supporting them as they become comfortable with the new routines and expectations of school.
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In class, toddlers will be gently encouraged to discover the world around them through playful learning experiences.
Our toddlers are introduced to the power of imaginary play, which trains their brains to think outside of the box.
In environments where they feel loved and safe to explore, toddlers will learn how to sit for a story, wait their turn, share, lineup, hallway walking, as well as proper transitional behavior.
Toddlers will now start to become active members of their classroom, welcoming their day together, learning together, exploring together, and being responsible for cleaning up after play times and mealtimes.
Morning Circle Time
Children will now be engaged in morning circle times. At this time, the class will gather to welcome the day together. They will sing a good morning song to all of their friends and teachers. They will identify aspects of the day such as, which friends came to school that day, the day’s weather, as well as get excited for any upcoming events. They will begin to understand the movement of time and the days of the week as they are introduced to a simplified weekly calendar.
Zoo Phonics Program
Zoo-phonics® is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and "tactile" (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation. Zoo-phonics® uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters. Every aspect of the program has been field-tested and found to be effective. Educational research repeatedly supports the focus of phonics in early reading programs, as well as the educational benefits of pictorial mnemonics and kinesthetic approaches to learning that are unique to Zoo-phonics®.
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Weekly Special Events Include...
Toddler Movement Classes
Music Classes Using Guitar & Puppets!
Non-Cook Cooking Experiences
Surprising Science Experiments
Making Play Dough FROM SCRATCH
And MUCHMUCH more!
Celebrating Father's Day: Toddler Style!
Each year the Toddler classes are proud to invite their fathers and grandpas in for a special father's day event! The children work hard practicing special songs dedicated to their dads and enjoy delicious donuts and drinks together!