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Diverse Learning Environments
Our goal is to provide a safe and loving environment for your baby. Our desire is to care for infants in a warm and affectionate way to let them know that they are special people, including the physical affection and cuddling that is so important at this stage of development.
We provide opportunities for exploring, learning and social interaction through a variety of daily activities such as:
Story Time: Read stories and engage in finger plays to promote language skills.
Music Time: Singing songs in English and Spanish using scarves and musical instruments to dance/move around with are used for music activities.
Carpet Time Activities: Activities include tummy time, grasping and reaching activities, rolling, crawling and balancing activities to encourage small and large motor skills.
Feeding Time: Feeding includes cuddling, talking and rocking during bottle feedings and introduction of new foods (parents will provide) when they begin to eat.
Sensory Activities: Sensory play using water, sand, feeling different textures and other sensory ideas.
Outdoor Time: Includes stroller rides around the school and if weather permits it, outside time in the playground.
At this stage, toddlers experience new emotions like anger and frustration, guilt, shame, possessiveness, and excitement. These "big" emotions can be hard to deal with for your toddler, and you might see some temper tantrums as a result.
Although your toddler’s separation anxiety peaks at around 18 months, by two years it should start to settle down. Your toddler is also beginning to think about how they feel and might link feelings with words – for example, your toddler might tell you they’re "sad". They might show affection by giving you a kiss or hugging a doll, which is also part of developing empathy.
Around this time, toddlers are keen to do more things independently. For example, your toddler is learning to feed themselves using a spoon and cup, and maybe even a fork. There might even be fewer spills than before! Your toddler might try to help when getting dressed and undressed. At this age, it’s easier for your toddler to take off socks, shoes, and clothes without buttons.
Generally, your toddler might show signs that they’re ready for toilet training from two years on. But it’s not unusual for some children to show signs of being ready earlier, at around 18 months.
Play is important because it’s how children learn. At this age, your toddler will start imagining and creating through pretend play, for example, pretending to drink from a cup. As your toddler grows older, pretend play gets more complex, and you might find your toddler doing things like sweeping the floor with a tree branch. Your toddler will enjoy spending time with siblings and other children, even if they don’t play directly with others.
Children enjoy talking at this age. Your toddler’s words might even have up-and-down tones, just like an adult’s. You’ll most likely hear a mix of babble and actual words.
At 18 months, your toddler is learning words all the time, usually 1-2 words a week, or maybe even one word a day. Your toddler might name and point at familiar objects, people, and body parts, for example, ears, nose, or toes. Your toddler might also make animal sounds like "moo", or say the same sound or word over and over.
Your toddler knows their own name and the idea of mine. They’re getting better at understanding simple sentences and instructions like "Bring it to me please," or "Let’s go for a walk." You’ll be able to understand more of what your toddler says to you.
Toddlers usually walk on their own by 12 months and at 18 months, they begin to run. Your toddler will probably walk up and down stairs or climb furniture with your help. Throwing and kicking a ball, scribbling with pencils or crayons, and building small towers of blocks might be some of your toddler’s favorite activities.
This is peak tantrum time. They’re all different, but plenty of 2 year old's have one every day. The key tips are to distract them when you sense a tantrum coming on (the old trick of pointing out something "amazing" gets them every time) and to stay outwardly calm and remove them from the situation while they calm down.
It’s very common at this age to want to be independent one minute and revert to being a baby the next, even trying to drink from an old baby bottle. Playing at being a baby often helps reveal feelings they can’t yet express in words.
Around 2 ½ is a popular time to begin potty training. They are old enough to be up for it and interested in the idea of becoming just like mommy and daddy. Their interest in the process is key, so if they don’t seem that interested yet, it’s a good time to buy a potty and encourage them to sit on it once a day and introduce the idea of going potty gradually.
By now your little one may be in the middle of their language explosion, or perhaps has just been through it. This is when they’re learning new words at a dizzying rate and their vocabulary triples in a few short months. It’s also when they begin to put two words together, (Mommy car) then, by 2 ½ years old, three-word combinations appear (Mommy drive car). By now their pronunciation should be quite good, although it may not be spot on until nearer three or a bit later. When you ask them something, wait a good 5-10 seconds to give them time to reply. If you let them choose the topic of conversation, they are more likely to chat.
Every classroom has its own unique community. The role of the teachers will be to assist each child in developing their own potential and learning styles. Peace uses an Active Learning Curriculum that will incorporate and introduce various learning styles, as well as make the content relevant to the students' lives. We are focusing on the alphabet and the individual sounds. We are practicing tracing our letters, numbers, and their names. Teachers will provide hands-on learning, cooperative learning, projects, themes, and individual work that will strengthen fine motor skills, as well as, social, emotional, and cognitive skill
Every classroom has its unique community. The role of the teachers will be to assist each child in developing their potential and learning styles in order to become ready for Kindergarten. Peace uses specially designed curriculum that incorporates and introduces various learning styles and meets the needs for your child to be prepared for their next adventure!