Young Toddlers Unit
Many incoming parents ask us what we “teach” at age one, aside from getting a decent nap and mealtime schedule. Our answer is that no part of our day goes by without a purpose. A toddler can learn self-care and independent skills by finding their own diaper during changing time, scrubbing soap onto their hands while they wash, or using a paper towel to help clean the table before and after meals. We discuss colors, shapes, textures and feelings during art, then go on to build roadways and zoos in the block center. Mealtime is not just for trying new vegetables; it is our social hour! Sometimes we ask questions of the children about their morning or what we saw on our walk, and sometimes we just sit back and watch the conversations and songs start up on their own.
The year of development between age 1 and 2 can marks so many milestones: walking, talking, social skills and independence abound! Each child is their own individual person and will reach different milestones at different rates and through different paths. We have all chosen to be a part of the Young Toddler Unit because we love to foster these skills and cannot wait to help your child grow into that unique individual that they are becoming.
We believe that open and honest communication is an integral part of our daily interactions with parents. Although each classroom has two lead teachers, we work together as a unit and hope that you feel comfortable with all of the Younger Toddler teachers, even if your child’s primary teacher is not available during drop off or pick up. Our classrooms spend a lot of time together at the beginning and end of day, as well as nearly all day long when the weather is permitting!
Adam, Young Toddler Unit Support
Hello families, I am Adam. I’ve been at The Learning Gardens since the summer of 2019 and have been working in early childhood for 8 years. I started at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project as a therapy technician working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I enjoy working with children because every day is different and lots of fun! In my free time, I enjoy playing board games and video games, reading, and watching the Packers. I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Together we will help them grow and succeed.