Maximum Class Size: 8 Students
Teacher-to-Student Ratio: 1-4
Curriculum: Innovations: The Comprehensive Toddler Curriculum
Increase vocabulary to 20+ words
Begin to associate objects with their function
Identify several body parts
Put two words together
Begin to build a concept of "more"
Sort objects by color
Understand and follow two-step directions
Develop a sense of self, understands "me" or "mine"
Show increased knowledge and memory of routine
Engage in early sensory play
Learn numbers through songs & repetitive activities
Begin to interact with familiar songs and stories
Explore books independently
Interact with other children
Begin to use fine motor skills through exploratory art and art play
Begin to develop independence in accomplishing tasks themselves
Learn to make a choice between two options
Developmental screenings are conducted twice yearly, once in the beginning of the school year and once in the late Spring, to assess student progress and growth. This allows teachers to assess skill levels and target specific developmental deficits for each child. Daily communication is sent home on each child regarding activities, behavior, sleep routines, etc.
Innovations: The Comprehensive Toddler Curriculum advocates thinking about and planning for everything that can, by the nature of the setting, contribute to child development and the teacher's relationship with the child and the family. Everything involved in the curriculum works together to benefit the child. This curriculum is comprehensive -- encompassing all aspects of growing and learning; embracing the inter-relationship among the child's interest and response, child development, the child's family context and culture, and the reactions and interactions of the adults and other children. Curriculum is aligned with the Tennessee Early Learning Developmental Standards, and is enriched whenever possible to ensure activities are age and developmentally appropriate. Sign language is incorporated in the Inchworm curriculum to expand early communication, lessen frustration, and aid in speech development.
The classroom utilizes a multi-sensory approach to learning, incorporating sensory activities daily.
In regards to discipline, first and foremost, a positive praise theme is used in order to foster good behavior within the classroom. Redirection is also used consistently in our classrooms. If behavior issues persist, the teachers work closely with the parents and our therapy staff to create an individualized behavior management/modification plan for the child.