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 teacher-led 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 that are innately fascinating to our little ones. Daily experiences such as creative art, sensory, music and movement, dramatic play, blocks, science, pre-math, puzzles and other manipulative materials abound. Language and literacy is fully incorporated throughout.
Toddlers are encouraged and supported in enhancing their budding independence. Children are encouraged in the development of age-appropriate self-help and self-regulation skills as they begin the process of recognizing and managing their own emotions. Emerging empathy, caring and sharing are emphasized as our one- and two-year-olds explore interactions with their peers. 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.