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.
Jaden, Older Toddler Support
Hello, my name is Jaden. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I have been working with students for two years in the classroom. I am passionate about early childhood education because I believe it creates the foundation of a student’s future academic success and I am very excited to join the staff and join the classroom.
What I enjoy about The Learning Gardens is that it gives children the opportunities to learn as they play. Giving children enrichment opportunities such as Spanish, Dance and yoga as well as having a wide array of food to have the children try. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and looking at fun activities for the students.
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