The Young Toddler Program helps children make a gentle transition from the family setting into the classroom environment. The first and most fundamental activities are the Exercises of Practical Life; those daily activities which the adult carries out in order to maintain his environment. The Young Toddler environment is carefully prepared as natural extension of the child's home.
These activities provide the means by which the child develops and strengthens unity of thought, will and action. Among other values, the child develops a habit of conscious constructive activity, intelligent and responsible contact with her/his environment which lays the basis for later, more penetrating and even abstract exploration, concentration, independence and social interactions.
These Exercises of Practical Life partly consist of four groups:
The Guide thoughtfully and meticulously prepares sets of materials for these many activities in order to assist the child in his choices and successful execution of them. Adults often have not given thought to the essential value of the Exercises of Practical Life but will have the opportunity to consider them with other parents and guides at school meetings.
Practical life activities and language materials significantly enrich a child's vocabulary. The guide’s careful manner of conversation, instruction and precise language assists the child’s language awareness as well as verbal communications. Holding, manipulating objects and matching picture cards gradually help the child towards the transition from concrete to abstract representation.
Children also hear stories, read, paint, sing, serve snack and plant seeds in spring time. They are free to move about the room, speak with one another, and choose activities. We prepare an inviting and stimulating environment indoors and out.