Older Toddlers


In our older toddler unit we have fun and play while we work on children’s self sufficiency.  Learning to put on and take off their own coat, put on their own shoes, clean up their eating area as well as undress and dress themselves are some of the things the children are learning.  Within our unit we are also working on potty training where the children learn to pull down their own pants and take off their own wet diaper before being giving the option of sitting on the potty.  In our unit potty training is very much a child driven accomplishment.  There is no time when it starts or ends.  The teachers are here to support the child as well as the family during this learning adventure.

Our curriculum is based on Creative Curriculum which is a framework for setting individual goals for the children, setting a learning plan then using observation to assess how well the children are progressing. Our goals are based around helping the children to become the best they can be. We focus on the physical (large motor and small motor), the social-emotional (how to be a good friend and how to use our words to convey what we want), cognitive (positive approaches to learning), literacy (books and letters) and mathematics (numbers and counting). Our ultimate goal is to help the children to become confident about themselves so when they get to school they are ready to learn.





Hello everyone! My name is Rosie Popp, I just graduated high school and recently relocated to Madison from the Washington D.C area. I was involved with a volunteer club, called Relay for Life, for all of my high school years. I love to read, hike, and photography. I have a older sister who is in her 3 year in collage, I’m living with my cousins in Monona. I have a big heart for children and I always have a smile on my face. I’m delighted to be part of the Learning Gardens’ staff and am looking forward to meeting all of the children and parents!

“Children must be taught how to think not what to think” -Margaret Mead