Toddler and Preschool

Goals for children in the:
Turtle Room
  • Receive lots of hugs and physical affection
  • Learn to be gentle with others
  • Play with peers as part of large and small groups
  • Are introduced to the concepts of sharing and taking turns
  • Begin to put words with actions, feelings, and needs
  • Transition to and from parents, and from one room/activity to another
  • Help at clean up time
  • Learn to stay at the table and sit during mealtimes
  • Practice following directions and routines, such as hand washing
  • Discover materials, activities, and physical spaces through creative play
  • Listen to stories, songs, and music
  • Are introduced to the community and to families, staff, and volunteers of different backgrounds
Elephant Room
  • Receive lots of hugs and emotional support
  • Play with peers as part of large and small groups
  • Expand on the concept of sharing and taking turns
  • Develop language skills
  • Develop beginning problem solving skills
  • Work toward independence
  • Clean up after self
  • Stay at table and sit during mealtimes
  • Follow directions and routines
  • Discover materials, activities, and physical spaces through creative play
  • Are introduced to concepts through stories, songs, and play
  • Explore the community through field trips and interaction with families, staff, and volunteers of different backgrounds
Bumblebee Room
  • Encourage the love of learning
  • Feel comfortable, relaxed, and at home
  • Develop social skills including developing peer friendships and relationships with adults
  • Begin experimenting with sharing ideas
  • Continue developing language skills
  • Learn to identify feelings and solve problems through talking and listening
  • Increase self confidence and independence
  • Discuss and practice manners
  • Follow more complex directions
  • Experience diverse creative activities that encourage the love of learning and exploration
  • Expand understanding of concepts through stories, songs, and play
  • Explore the community through field trips and interaction with families, staff, and volunteers of different backgrounds
Grasshopper Room
  • Feel safe and happy
  • Learn to work as a group and play cooperatively
  • Use group meetings to plan, problem solve, and discuss classroom issues
  • Explore written language
  • Explore languages other than English (Spanish, German, Sign, etc.)
  • Expand on problem solving skills by gathering information, brainstorming, and implementing solutions
  • Work toward independence by accepting responsibility for materials and belongings
  • Initiate and carry out independent activities without direct adult supervision
  • Practice sitting during group times - gradually increasing time as kindergarten approaches
  • Learn to follow a schedule
  • Discover materials, activities, and physical spaces through creative play
  • Expand understanding of concepts through stories, songs, and play
  • Explore the community through field trips and interaction with families, staff, and volunteers of different backgrounds