Teddy Bears    Two-year-olds

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The Teddy Bear program is planned to meet the special needs of young two year olds. a safe and enriching environment where children can increase their independent thinking, creating and exploring. We strive to form a partnership with parents that will ensure that each child receives the very best care while in school with us. This partnership begins with open communication and mutual respect between families and staff. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. (Unfortunately during COVID we are not allowing anyone on campus besides the teachers and children).

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 Teddy Bear curriculum builds upon the developmental skills mastered in the infant program. We designed the Teddy Bear classroom and outdoor

environment around a theme of over, under, around and through, all from a two-year-old’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 Teddy Bear toddlers love to do:

Sensory -  Water and sand play, playdoh to pound and shape, 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; bikes 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, three and four 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.

During their time in the Teddy Bear room and when they are developmentally ready, children go through potty training. We coordinate this programming with families so that we are all working together on the same goal. They need to be very proficient at toileting skills before moving to the Honey Bears classroom.