The toddler program at the Carrot Patch is comprised of two groups: the transitional toddlers and the older toddlers. Each classroom offers an appropriate balance of structured activities that allow children to learn new skills with plenty of free play that fosters creativity, individual expression, and positive peer interactions.
The curriculum is based largely on nature themes, and includes daily experiences such as creative art, music and movement, dramatic play, blocks, science, pre-math, puzzles and other manipulative materials. Literacy is fully incorporated throughout.
Toddlers are encouraged and supported in developing their budding independence. Teachers in the older toddler class work in concert with parents to assist in a positive potty-training experience when each child shows signs of readiness.
All toddlers spend a considerable amount of time outdoors, where they can explore the natural world while enhancing their growing physical prowess. Social skills such as emerging empathy, caring and sharing are also emphasized as our one- and two-year-olds explore interactions with their peers and begin the process of recognizing and regulating their own emotions.