18 – 36 months: Independence, language and motor coordination are cultivated in a nurturing environment for children 18 to 36 months.
The Young Children’s Community or Toddler Community serves children 18 months to age three, in a small and intimate group of twelve children and two trained staff persons.
It has two program options, either half-day or full-day. The environment conforms to the physical needs of the children, both in the size of the furnishings and in the opportunities for motor development. There is minimal furniture, tiled floors, maximum natural light, selected art placed low on the walls, toilets sized for very small children, and defined spaces to challenge coordination of movement.
The movement area
Includes stairs and a platform; movement mat; push cart; wall bars; materials for eye-hand coordination such as threading, bead stringing, cubes on pegs, spheres on horizontal pegs, puzzles, gluing, folding; and various practical life exercises.
The language area
Includes miniature objects, language nomenclature cards (parts of the body, family members, pets, components of the neighborhood, the school, and the home), books (fiction, poetry, nonfiction), spoken vocabulary enrichment exercises, and other activities including art and music experiences.
The practical life area
Includes materials necessary for preparing and serving a snack, setting and clearing the table, sweeping, caring for plants and animals, dish washing, clothes washing, ironing, polishing, hand washing, window cleaning, flower arranging, and so on.