This is a year for Terrific Twos! Independent and ready for learning, we provide a curriculum that suits their personality and fosters their developments. Our 3 E's: Foundation for Excellence™ curriculum for two year olds is developmentally appropriate and engaging.
Our teachers plan daily small group language activities. We create a balanced approach to literacy by incorporating the following types of activities: Puppets, Felt Stories, Dramatic Play, Emergent Writing, Variety of Books, Emerging ABC Games, Matching Games and Dictation Experiences
Think curiosity. How does it work? Where does it come from? As children wonder about the natural world and how it works, they are engaged in scientific thinking. To encourage this, we introduce tools such a magnifying glass to further their study.
Two year olds use mathematical thinking to understand their world. Through a variety of integrated small groups our teachers facilitate their use of mathematical thinking. How much? How big? How many? What comes next? These are all important math questions that children can explore.
Two year olds are inspired by various types of props and the simplest addition can make them excited and curious. Through the addition of props, our monthly themes come alive and encourage pretend play. Hats, puppets, magazines, empty food containers...the possibilities are unlimited. We rotate our enrichments to capture children's interest and make each day new and exciting.
Our teachers make up playful learning games such as dumping small toys into a basket or making a tower. This type of simple, fun game is demonstrating a new way of playing. We view these learning games as rich learning opportunities that encourage all types of learning. Our teachers also closely observe and individualize their teaching to challenge each child. These learning games provide opportunities for children to practice important social skills; emerging sharing, turn-taking, listening, following directions and empathy.
What are open ended materials? Objects and materials that can be manipulated and used by a child in creative ways. Some examples include boxes, paper, tubes, plastic lids, fabric scraps, etc. Not only do children love to explore these materials, but as they experiment and combine them in different ways, they are also learning.
Art for two year olds is all in the exploring of art materials. Teachers encourage their little artists to use their senses to experience the process of art. We provide a variety of activities that include the following: painting, stamping, scribbling, smearing, gluing, sticking etc.
Each of our classrooms are equipped with a sensory table that allows for hands-on exploration of various textures, materials, etc. You will be amazed at the variety of activities we plan, to engage children and their five senses.
Walk through a two year old's day at Creative World:
Everyday we make time to gather and share stories. Being together allows us to get to know our friends and play learning games. During this time, we also sing and dance as we learn new songs and listen to music.
Literacy and Reading Aloud
Each day we set aside time to read together. Our read-alouds encourage us to learn new words as we read simple, repetitive stories with predictable text. Puppets, flannel stories, writing books and language games are just some of the ways we engage in literacy skills.
Meals & Snacks
We provide our Twos with nutritious foods for daily meals and snacks. We help children develop independence and good eating habits. Intimate, classroom dining allows children to eat at their own pace in a familiar environment. Teachers and children sit and eat together, sharing good food and conversation.
Outdoor Fun & Exercise
At Creative World, our classroom learning extends to the outdoors as our teachers plan daily, interactive outdoor enrichments. You will find games, water play, sand play, books and chalk in our outdoor "classrooms". Each class is scheduled for outside time twice daily in an age appropriate play area. Our play equipment on each playground meets the highest standards and is designed to maximize fun and safety for all ages.
Each day, two year olds are invited to learn in small groups. During our Education Small Group, we focus on developmentally appropriate Math, Literacy and Science activities. Through fun, interactive games and engagements, our teachers provide children with an educational foundation for their emerging skills.
Small Groups: Explore
We know that a large part of two year olds' learning happens through their senses. Every day, in our Exploration Small Group, teachers plan activities in the following areas: Creative Arts, Sensory and Open Ended Materials. These hands-on experiences facilitate childrens' discovery learning.
Enriching Play: Learning Centers
Twos have the opportunity to explore the following learning centers as part of their daily Enriching Play: Blocks and Building, Language and Books, Fine Motor and Manipulatives, Music, Dramatic Play and Creative Arts. Our teachers also create a variety of props and learning games to enhance children's learning and engage their curiosity and imagination.
After lunch, two year olds enjoy a calm atmosphere with soft, dim lighting and a cuddly blanket from home. Children rest on individual, assigned cots. While some doze off and nap for a time, others may enjoy a good book or a quiet activity. We work with families to coordinate this important routine for their child.
CW University oversees our teacher training program which provides training in the following areas:
Curriculum, Health and Safety, Literacy, Childcare Standards, Positive Guidance and Developmental Assessment
In addition, Creative World teachers participate in required background screenings, undergo Tri-Yearly Corporate Inspections, are CPR Certified, and attend monthly staff training sessions.
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Additionally, you are invited to join us anytime to participate in your child's day! Come have lunch with us, read a book to the children, join us on a field trip. We encourage your participation!
We model how to give back as we participate in food drives, clothing drives and other philanthropic programs.
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Safe and sturdy quality wood furniture designed for young children | Spacious and organized play areas
A wide variety of educational materials | Shelves stocked with specially selected age appropriate toys
Child-sized sinks and toilets | Viewing windows between classrooms | Classroom security cameras
All two year old classrooms are set up with unique learning centers that encourage children to be self-sufficient while fostering an understanding of basic concepts. Our child-centered room arrangement allows children to move freely from one interest center to the next, giving them the opportunity to make plans and choices in their environment. The following is a partial list of the learning centers in our developmentally appropriate classrooms, with a brief description of some of the learning and skills that they foster:
In this center there are a variety of art and craft materials available for children to experiment and create with. In addition, each room has easels that are available to children for painting. Children develop eye hand coordination, fine motor control, and creativity as they explore color, texture, and shape in their art.
Quality children's literature is displayed in an inviting manner to encourage children to read and explore books. A quiet corner of the room with comfortable chairs and soft areas is established to give children an opportunity to interact with books.
A variety of different types of paper and writing utensils should be rotated in this center to encourage children's experimentation with writing. Children become authors and writers in this center. They are invited to share emergent writing skills or dictate to teachers their own words for books or illustrations. These early experiences with writing make print accessible for young children and give them a firm foundation for later reading and writing development.
This combined Math/Manipulative/Science Center provides opportunities for children to practice number concepts and fine motor skills. This center also introduces children to scientific discovery, analytical thinking and problem solving.
This table provides important learning opportunities for young children. As children pour, sift, fill and measure, they experiment with texture, density, and other properties. Sensory areas also are very soothing to children.
In this center children have the opportunity to become fire fighters, fathers, doctors, ballerinas, or any other role that their imagination embraces. Housekeeping props as well as other open-ended props and theme prop boxes are available for the children's play. This role-playing provides children with important peer interactions and socio-emotional development. Children learn to cooperate, share, and gain self-understanding as well as a positive self-image.
Blocks and Building
This area provides building opportunities for children as they lay out roads, castles and other creative monuments. Children learn visual discrimination, large and fine motor control, problem solving, and logical thinking. They experiment with balance, design and other mathematical properties.
A variety of musical instruments await the children in this center. Children creatively make music and move to their beats. Music exposes preschoolers to rhythm, patterns and sound.
This is an important year in your child's development. They are learning independence and developing new language and social skills every day. Our teachers keep track of progress and keep you informed of their latest accomplishments.
We believe great teachers must have a firm understanding of child development and know each child's strengths and interests. As we get to know your child, we play and interact as we observe them in different contexts to keep track of their learning throughout the year. We also use a developmental checklist to make sure each child is progressing in their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development. Weekly, we integrate our 3 E's: Foundation for Excellence™ curriculum with your child's developmental goals.
Every child has a learning portfolio that is a compilation of teacher notes, reflections, pictures and a collection of first drawings that tell their learning story. We believe that each child is full of unlimited potential and our job is to challenge, strengthen and help them grow.
Twice yearly, we hold an individual portfolio showing with families to share the progress and learning of your child. This is an opportunity to set goals and discuss strategies for enhancing their learning.