LITTLE DUCKLING DAYCARE: TODDLERS

We understand that choosing the best early childhood education family for your toddler can be stressful. We would like to make this transition for your 13-35 month old toddler as easy as possible. Our loving caregivers provide a culture and atmosphere of patience, compassion and excitement. Your toddler will thrive while learning skills such as exploring their gross motor skills, social-emotional skills and learning to make new friends, just to name a few

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CURRICULUM GOALS & OBJECTIVES

COGNITIVE AND LANGUAGE SKILLS

  • Demonstrate continual growth in understanding increasingly complex and varied vocabulary

  • Respond to simple statements, requests, and/or gestures

  • Use gestures to clarify communication 

  • Use single words or simple phrases

  • Demonstrate intent of communicating with others

  • Distinguish words from pictures

  • Engage in word and sound play with adults

  • Distinguish between words that contain similar-sounding phonemes 

  • Bring a book to a caregiver to read

  • Look at books independently 

  • Pretend to read familiar books

  • Attend to pictures and text for several minutes

  • Show preference for familiar stores

  • Respond to simple questions about a story with adult support

  • Explore drawing, painting, and writing as a way of communicating

  • Imitate drawing marks or scribbling

MATH SKILLS

  • Imitate verbal counting sequence

  • Line up or organize objects

  • Identify numerals as different from letters or other symbols

  • Identify which is more

  • Develop the concepts of more and less

  • Give “all’ objects when asked

  • Separate a whole quantify of something into parts  

  • Take away objects or combine groups when asked

  • Attend to a new object in a group of objects

  • Follow along and imitate patterns of sounds and movement

  • Clap or move to a beat

  • Identify attributes of objects with adult support

  • Combine shapes to make new shapes

  • Hide behind or between objects for play

  • Match identical shapes

  • Follow a daily schedule      

  • Use basic measurement words or gestures to express measurable attributes such as big/little, hot/cold  

SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS

  • Identify image of self

  • Say own name

  • Show knowledge of own abilities

  • Communicate feelings and emotions

  • Express emotion toward a familiar person

  • Imitate comforting behaviors of caregivers

  • Use sounds, gestures, and actions to express feelings

  • Follow simple routines with adult support

  • Self-soothe with minimal adult support

  • Demonstrate the beginnings of impulse control with adult support

  • Imitate how others solve conflicts

  • Experiment with trial and error approaches to solve simple problems and conflicts

  • Use social referencing when encountering new experiences

  • Observe friendship skills in the environments

APPROACHES TO PLAY & LEARNING

  • Show interest in what others are doing

  • Select desired objects from several options

  • Show curiosity/interest in new objects, experiences, and people

  • Ask questions about familiar objects, people, and experiences

  • Explore and manipulate familiar objects in the environment

  • Use objects for real or imagined purposes

  • Engage and persist with an activity, toy, or object

SCIENTIFIC THINKING

  • Notice and react to cause and effect within the physical environment

  • Use tools to explore the physical environment

  • Begin to identify physical attributes of objects

  • Imitate the actions of others as they explore objects

  • Copy patterns and rhythms with objects

  • Notice and gesture to different objects in the sky

  • Explore the natural environment

  • Observe and investigate environment, nature, and climate/weather

  • Identify living organisms by name

  • Name basic body parts

  • Test limits of the environment

  • Begin to construct and deconstruct using readily available materials

  • Demonstrate curiosity

  • Solve problems using trial and error

CREATIVE ARTS

  • Respond to music by moving own body

  • Imitate sounds using voice or objects

  • Sing along to familiar songs

  • Make rhythmic patterns with objects

  • Use simple art materials

  • Express preferences for certain art materials

  • Explore a variety of media 

  • Express likes or dislikes of certain colors or patterns 

  • Look at pictures, photographs, and illustrations

  • Use objects as symbols for other things

  • Demonstrate simple character/animal sounds with motions

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Participate in celebrations and other cultural events if observed

  • Demonstrate a sense of belonging to a group by engaging in parallel play

  • Notice differences in others

  • Use simple words to show recognition of family members and familiar adults 

  • Adapt to changes in routine and/or schedule

  • Anticipate events

  • Respond to stories about time and age

  • Understand and follow basic guidance

  • Respond to simple location terms

  • Use a variety of materials to represent familiar objects

  • Recognize parts of surroundings

  • Look toward location where familiar objects are stored with the expectation of finding them

  • Show interest in various aspects of the environment

  • Communicate desire for objects and/or persons that are in the classroom or home

  • Imitate familiar roles and routines

  • Observe others carrying out routines and responsibilities and begin to imitate

  • Make choices known

PHYSICAL HEALTH & GROWTH

  • Participate with adult support in health and hygiene-related behaviors

  • Imitate personal health practices

  • Demonstrate awareness of danger

  • Respond to adult direction to change behavior in order to avoid danger or prevent injuries 

  • Express when hungry or full

  • Try new foods

  • Feed self with some assistance

  • Try a new action with a familiar object

  • Identify basic body parts

  • Use trial and error to discover how the body and objects move through space

  • Use simple movement skills to participate in active physical play

  • Gain control of hands and fingers

  • Begin to develop coordination and balance, requiring less support