Our Two Year Old Program
Two year olds are a busy group - physically and verbally! Our two year old program fosters the critical relationship building that occurs at this age, supporting intellectual and social development.
Encouraging Curiosity and Play
Teachers organize dramatic play activities so children can dress-up and role-play. This develops new skills, such as problem-solving, self-care routines and conversation. Children are frequently read stories to build listening skills and are often asked to repeat the stories to develop memory recognition. Manipulative toys are used to promote eye-hand coordination. Picture books, songs and skits are used to increase color, shape and number recognition.
Our HighReach Learning Curriculum for Twos considers children’s development and interests - as well as family, culture, and community - in each of the experiences offered to intrigue both the children and the teacher. After all, teachers who are having fun make learning fun for kids!
Teaching two year olds is hard work, and our teachers are thankful to have assistance in planning their day. Each monthly investigation includes a “big idea” and four subtopics, presented in the Learning Experiences guide with more than 100 activities to choose from. Some of the big ideas include Eco-Exploring, Textures and Fabrics, and Digging in the Dirt.
- Teachers also receive new classroom displays each month, along with storybooks and conversation cards.
- Lesson plans are provided as well, and teachers are encouraged to enhance with their own creative ideas.
- Some planning time is provided to prepare materials lists and collaborate with other teachers to share resources among all the classrooms.
A Typical Day for Teachers and Children
Children thrive on having routine, structure, and consistency...and so do teachers! Each classroom’s daily structure and routine will vary depending upon the school hours, teacher schedule, and children’s needs; particularly as children grow and mature under your leadership. However, some best practices and principles will be in place:
- Children and teachers will actively play and learn together! Every moment at Childcare Network is a teachable moment - early morning, throughout the day, and in the late afternoon. Teachers and children will maximize every opportunity with planned experiences all day long.
- Our classrooms are arranged in learning centers and children are free to explore. This time allows the children to practice decision-making skills, use creative thinking, and develop and reinforce concepts.
- Routines are important, too. Teachers emphasize daily routines and social interaction through family style meals and other small group activities, and children rest every day as well. Of course, two-year-olds and their teachers spend time together diapering, toilet-training, and handwashing, too. Clean and healthy care is crucial to keep everyone safe.
Partnering with Parents
Our HighReach Learning curriculum also includes Family Connection materials that make it easy to partner with parents in their child’s learning. Teachers are invited to send newsletters and calendars home, and we utilize email and text to share news and updates with parents, too.
Each day teachers will prepare a daily note to go home with each child, sharing highlights from the day. We also know that teachers want to create a successful and positive partnership with parents, so parent/teacher conferences are held. This is the teacher’s opportunity to share children’s progress with parents and assist the parent in setting goals for learning at home.