Toddler One has children between 2 to 3 years old, our learning environment has been set up in a meaningful way, maximising children’s learning. Our educators bring children to the garden and art studio each day to access the nature and explore art.
In toddler one (Harper), we provide children with a flexible routine as well. We are doing progressive meals, which allows children to choose when they want to eat. As we have noticed some children want to play for a while before rest or sleep, we allow these children to play for a while before assist them to sleep and rest.
Educators can start to teach children skills between 2 to 3 years old, so our curriculum focuses on developing skills. For example, we encourage children, particularly the elder children to self-serve during mealtime. Though younger children are still learning how to self-serve, we allow them to try and offer help when needed. To help children to develop fine motor skills, we have placed a variety of pens and pencils into the art area for children to make marks and practise pen grip. We also cut paper and play dough to practise scissor grip and cutting with scissors independently.
Our projects are interest-based. We planned projects based on children’s interest or family inputs. For example, we noticed our children were very interested in colours. To scaffold learning, we planned activities such as sorting colours, rainbow painting and science experiment to help children to develop ability to name, recognise, match and sort colours. As we have Mandarin as LOTE, we taught children how to say red, yellow, green, blue in Mandarin.
To create children with a language rich environment, we have labelled the environment with both English and Mandarin. We also read stories to children and children are encouraged to repeat words, contribute ideas and thoughts while reading. Our educators also use open-ended questions to encourage children to think. Educators also use visual aids to assist children to develop language competence. As for match, we sing number songs to practise counting with fingers. We use measuring cups when doing cooking and play dough activities to help children to learn about measurement.