Ages 18 Months to 24 Months*
Bouncy, snuggle bugs blowing kisses and waving goodbye – there is always something to love about your toddler.
One minute they are sitting quietly listening to you read a story, and then suddenly they are headed towards their next life lesson – whether it is how to chase and capture the cat or how to pull a wagon full of toys.
At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, our teachers understand your toddler’s desire for hands-on learning, and we will help them explore in a safe, caring environment that recognizes wagon mishaps and mistakes with cats for what they are – learning opportunities.
While you are working on your own education, career, or other family–related duties, we will provide you with regular communication so you will know your toddler is meeting learning milestones and having fun.
At the St. Charles Children's Learning Center we understand that toddler learning is a hands-on experience.
- Art – introduce additional materials such as glue, popsicle sticks, feathers, dot markers, etc.
- Circle Time – reading, sing-language, singing, flash cards
- Buggy Rides around the College Campus
- Object Sorting – shape, color, etc.
- Make–Believe and Imitation Games
- Free Play – with other toddlers and caregivers
- Grassy Field and Gym (gross-motor room) Play
- Weekly Themed Activities
Toddler Learning Paths – Play:
- Physical – climbs up and down stairs with and without assistance; walks forward, backward, and sideways; runs, jumps and kicks; points with finger; shows hand preference; throws, rolls, and catches objects; helps in dressing and undressing self; feeds self using cup, spoon, and fingers; scribbles and draws on own
- Emotional – expresses emotion in speech and actions; may fear unknown persons; shows sense of humor, excitement, and affection; seeks both dependency and independence; increases fantasy (begins "making-believe")
- Social – play games; shares occasionally; plays parallel to peers; egocentric; recognizes difference between self and others; seeks assistance
- Cognitive – will search for hidden objects; explores cause and effect; engages in pretend play; works through conflicts
- Language – rapidly increasing vocabulary; follows multi-step directions; recognizes names of familiar people and objects; labels familiar objects; uses simple phrases and short sentences; enjoys reading time
Primary Caregiver Role:
- Utilizes the Creative Curriculum® as the basis for learning. This curriculum is based on interaction with people and occurs naturally during the two main activities of the day - caregiving and free play.
- Provides opportunities to learn through uninterrupted free play, singing, storytelling, self-help skills development, manipulative play, gross motor play, and other age-appropriate activities
- Encourages your child to explore their curiosity through activities that increase problem solving, improve coordination, and foster the development of communication skills
- Observes and assesses your child’s needs and likes/dislikes so that activities meet individual and group learning milestones
- Introduces basic concepts and enhances the learning experience as your child expresses interest and curiosity
- Encourages your child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner
- Works as your partner, communicating with you about your child's daily development and education
- Offers tips on how to reinforce learning at home and recognizes that you are the most important person in your child's learning
- Provides a physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing environment
- Conducts parent-teacher conferences each spring and fall
- Utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold® to provide observational assessment information on children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and academic accomplishments in ten domains. This information is utilized in preparing the classroom lesson plans and is shared with the parents during parent-teacher conferences.
- Provides consistency and clearly defined limits
- Utilizes "redirection" as a behavior management technique
Toddler Care Rates:
* Age ranges may vary slightly as children are
transitioned to the next age/classroom level after
reaching key developmental milestones and as spaces
** Student Parents Rate available with enrollment in six (6) credit hours per semester.