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Toddlers

I Can I Do I See

12 Mos. through 3 years

Our Toddler community is designed to encourage independence and learning in a secure, safe and nurturing environment. We provide care to children who are 12 months of age and beginning to walk through 3 years of age.

Toddler Class: FT 7:30am-5:45pm

Monday-Friday

3 PT days per week Mon. Tues. Wed. or Wed. Thurs. Fri.

Upon arrival please walk your child to his/her classroom and Sign in and out at pick-up using a full signature. Also assist your child to wash their hands. We will have the children wash their hands several times throughout the day to keep a healthy environment.

All students must arrive by 9:15am the teacher takes attendance daily by 9:30am if you have not arrived by 9:45 am we will call your home or office to find out why your child is not in school.

Our classroom can accommodate 14 children with 3 primary caregivers 1.5 caregiver for each age level. Children have the same caregiver from 12 mos. till 3 years of age.

At Blue skies we have 5 main areas that are introduced, a repetitive cycle is offered, which assists the child in establishing patterns of order and sequencing. Each child becomes grounded in reality, building the child's self-esteem which is the ultimate goal. Practical Life, Language, Art & Music, and Movement, and Sensory at the toddler level: In practical life they will experience real life situations and activates promoting dressing and undressing, grooming and toilet learning, carrying things, cleaning and grace and courtesy. Sense awareness is learning about dimensions, shapes, colors, tactile, auditory, taste and smell and the primary language development is the acquisition of the language connected to their observations and sense training. Language skills are developed through stories, singing, finger plays, talks and dialogues as well as special materials for more abstract vocabulary. One of the major differences in a Montessori toddler class is that the children are encouraged to be independent, they can sweep the floor, clear the table, put away materials, carry objects on ay, walk the line, climb and take long walks outside. Art and music are approached from a skills based perspective and the children can freely choose cutting, gluing, painting, magic makers, or clay. We listen to music of all varieties to help children develop an ear for music as well as more formal instruction on rhymes, moving to music and practicing duplicating rhythms.

Social development is an integral part of the Montessori Toddler program the children have many opportunities to develop these skills.

Gross Motor skills are developed through outdoor activities, and creative movement exercises.

 

Separation

Separation is a process we go through all of our lives. Though often challenging and exciting, this growth towards independence can be painful and scary, especially for young children. Parents and teachers working together, showing children that they can trust and believe in one another, offers a foundation of support when the world suddenly seems a new and different place. Remember that sometimes staying only makes it more difficult for your child as well as for yourself. Never leave without letting your child know that you are doing so. When dropping off your child we ask that you keep your good byes brief as to not prolong the inevitable.


Observations

All parents are encouraged to visit their child’s classroom throughout the year. Your visits are welcomed. In order for your observations to be as beneficial as possible, we have found the following guidelines helpful. We ask that observations do not begin until the sixth week of school. This gives the child the opportunity to adjust to the new environment.

When you arrive please check in with the Directress. Please limit your observations for no more than 10-15 minutes.

When to come: You are always welcome at any time, but by arranging it ahead of time you are assured of having the day you request. Mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. are best to observe the educational programs in progress.

We request that you remain seated so that the children are able to continue with their task Young children are just learning how to interact, socialize, and communicate. Often children who lack impulse control or do not yet have the language skills needed to talk through a social situation will resort to some kind of physical action to get their wants met.

We follow the Love and Logic and Positive Discipline methods towards discipline and will work with all children as they learn the skills necessary to play, work, and socialize together. If you have questions about our policies on discipline or there is adescpency about how your family values on discipline differs from ours please let us know so, that we can come to some kind of compromise.

However, excessive aggression and biting will not be tolerated in our program.

All aggressive behavior that is deemed beyond a simple learning experience will be reported to the parents. We will discuss the behavior and the circumstances around the behavior as well as the way we handled the situation. We do not discuss the names of the children involved.

All biting incidents will be reported to both parents of the child that bit and the child that was bitten. And all such incidents will be recorded in the children’s file and kept confidential.

After a child has bitten 3 times or if their behavior is deemed aggressive, a meeting between the teachers and parents will be necessary.

At this meeting we will discuss the behaviors, our observations, and what methods we will use in future situations should they arise. We will also discuss actions parents can take at home to support the child as they work through this behavior.

All children are different and each situation will be taken as a case by case basis with the plan implemented appropriate for that child’s behaviors and needs. However, if the behavior does not improve within the time line established between the school and the parents, the family may be informed that this group setting may not be appropriate for their child and may be asked to leave Blue Skies Montessori School Inc.

Again, we will work with all children and families but we must also keep the safety and well being of all the children in the community in mind.

If, at any time, you have questions or concerns please contact us any time.

Supply List:

1 photograph of your child

Recent photograph of your child and family

Diapers

Underwear

Plastic pants

Blanket

 

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