OUR School Toddler Program

1-3 Years

Free Play (8:00am-9:00am):  Children will be provided this time to make their own play choices in any center in the classroom.  Centers include Dramatic Play (set up to follow the Storybook Journey curriculum of the month), Blocks/Large Manipulative Play, Science and Discovery Hands-on Learning, Art and Creative Expression Center, Tactile Table (playdough, shaving cream, seeds/beans, water, sand etc.), Gross Motor Center (boat/bridge, trampoline, balance beam, curriculum-based obstacle course etc.), Small Manipulative Play (various puzzles, math, letter activities, practical life skills, etc.), Literature Area (various related literature and picture books enhancing the Storybook Journey curriculum).  In addition to the centers, activities and creative projects will be put out daily to encourage developmental growth in all areas.

 Snack (9:15am-9:30am):  Healthy and nutritious snacks will be served at this time.  Most likely, preparing snack is an additional activity available to do during free play so children can learn valuable skills through cooking (math, sequencing, measurements, turn taking, etc.).

Circle & Group Activity (9:30am-10:00am):  Music, songs, creative movement, puppets, science experiments, reading books aloud, letter and number games, imagination stories, chants, fingerplays, group games and more are all activities facilitated during Circle Time.  Activities planned for the Group Activity include any group art or creative expression activity that follows the monthly Storybook Journey or following the children’s interest of the day.  Circle and Group Activities encourage self-discipline, patience, turn-taking skills, following directions, coactive learning, social skills, academic learning, increased self-esteem, beginning and ending of projects, and more!

Outdoor Explore (10:00am-10:45am):  Numerous outside activities will be available to challenge the young learner’s gross motor skills.  Play structures promote development in climbing, balancing, and muscle strength; sand encourages tactile stimulation, math and science learning and fun adventures.  Outdoor play is needed for children to develop physically, emotionally and socially!

Gathering (10:45am-11:15pm):  A new book will be read daily, as well as fun songs learned, in our gathering before lunch.  OUR songs will include ways to challenge our oral motor strength in order to eat and articulate better!

Lunch (11:15pm-12:00pm):  Children and teachers bring their own lunches to school and eat together daily.

Quiet Time (12:30pm-2:30pm):  Storybook cassettes will be played, as well as quiet, soothing music during this quiet period daily.  Children will be resting on mats during this state mandated rest period.  Children must bring a crib sheet, blanket, pillow, and may bring a toy to rest with if desired.

Wake-Up Time (2:15pm-2:30pm):  Time to wake up, diaper/potty check, and choose quiet activities to help us get back into our day!

Snack (2:30pm-3:00pm):  After children have picked up their things from nap, we will gather for a story and have their second snack of the day. 

Outdoor Explore (3:00pm-4:00pm, weather permitting)

Quiet Activities (4:00-5:00pm):  A story will be read aloud each afternoon followed by an art activity, music and movement, show and tell or an age appropriate game during this last section of our day.

**Diaper and potty checks are made & documented throughout the day**