Raindrops & Sunbeam
18 MONTHS – 3 YEARS
At The Quiver School, our Toddler program is designed to meet the needs of each child, while emphasizing learning through play, movement and making use of scientifically designed and manipulative materials inspired by the Montessori philosophy of education.
Toddlers are led through age-appropriate activities to improve coordination, increase verbal skills and learn to solve problems. In the 1-2 Raindrops class, your child will thrive while enjoying creative play and interaction in an environment that builds visual, verbal, physical and creative development.
By the time they are Sunbeams at age 2, they are beginning to understand group play and are becoming better at communicating their thoughts. A lot of group activities are incorporated into their program to build social skills such as cooperation, sharing and taking turns. Art, music, language and science are part of the daily activities that organize their experiences. Each day presents awesome opportunities that equip the strengthening of language skills, refining and developing gross motor and fine motor skills respectively. Your child will be nurtured in an environment that fosters a love of learning and positive self-image.
Skills that Children Will Learn
Toddlers are always absorbing language, which is why a classroom rich in language is important.
To help develop language and literacy skills, teachers:
- Describe what they are doing as well as what the child is doing, so that children will hear more language and connect words to actions.
- Create a print-rich classroom environment with labeled materials to allow children to begin to understand that print conveys meaning.
- Read aloud multiple times a day, as well as allow independent exploration of books.
- Ask questions about books, and encourage interaction during reading.
- Allow children opportunities to tell a story.
- Sing songs/rhymes daily.
- Encourage pretend play and participation with other children.
- Allow opportunities to experiment with writing materials, and valuing scribbles.
- Encourage children to dictate a story or description of what they are creating.