Cuddle Bears      18-24 months

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The Cuddle Bear Toddler program is planned to meet the special needs of children who are toddling around and exploring their world. Our goal is to create a partnership characterized by open communication and mutual respect with parents that will ensure that each child receives the very best care while at the center. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. (Unfortunately during COVID we are not allowing anyone on campus besides the teachers and children).

The Cuddle Bear Toddler classroom serves children from 17-18 months through 24 months. In this room, there is a set schedule for the day with times for stories, snacks, play and naps. Written records are kept on each child’s day at our center including eating, sleeping, and diapering patterns as well as anecdotal notes about daily happenings and developmental landmarks. We email these reports to parents daily along with a selection of photos and videos.

The Cuddle Bear Toddler curriculum builds upon the developmental skills mastered in the infant program. We have designed the toddler classroom

and outdoor environment around a theme of over, under, around and through - all from a toddler’s point of view. Quiet places, romping spaces, and laps to sit on are available at all times. Teachers plan curriculum on a weekly basis around a theme such as primary colors, nursery rhymes, pets, farm animals and seasonal activities.

Teachers pull from a wide variety of toddler-appropriate curriculum to keep these young children busy. Listed below are just a few of the activities Cuddle Bear toddlers love to do:

Sensory - Water play, birdseed, jello, playdoh, shaving cream, leaves, large and small cotton balls to touch,

     squeeze, poke, scoop, and pour.

Art - Toddler-sized crayons and chalk. Painting with brushes, sponges, feathers, fingers and cookie cutters.

Large Motor - Balls to bounce; sit-on scooters to ride; stick toys, baby buggies and carts to push and pull; and

     open spaces to explore.

Small Motor - Things to put-together, pull-apart, stack, tumble, carry and hold, large pegs in a board, shape toys,

     one and two piece puzzles, stack toys, and pop beads.

Language - Books, puppets, flannel board stories and conversations galore.

Science - Walking around the yard to look at leaves, animals, grass and trees. Pine cones, rocks and other

     nature things to touch and hold.

Cooking: Preparing a snack or lunch.

Dramatic Play: Dress-up clothes, hats and purses to try, mirrors to look in, and dishes and dolls for family play.

Self-Help Skills: Learning to take off shoes and socks, pushing in the chair after use and washing hands and

     faces. Using kind voices and gentle touches.

Music: Sing-along-songs, finger plays, scarf dancing, and musical instruments to pound and shake.