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Encouraging Your One Year Old’s Curiosity
Our Day Early Learning program for one-year-olds provides fun learning experiences that encourage your young toddler to explore their environment and interact with peers and teachers. Children in the one-year-old classroom are introduced to different types of learning experiences based on their individual developmental needs and interests.
All Day Early Learning toddler classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. Children between the ages of one and two years old learn at a rapid rate. So, as your child grows, the curriculum does too.
Each classroom has an individualized lesson plan posted every week. Each activity on the lesson plan is purposeful and planned intentionally for each child in that classroom.
He is so social and fun. I think being at school has helped him in many ways including vocabulary, social skills, sign language, etc.
It’s amazing how much my child has grown while in the one-year-old class, and I attribute a lot of that to his time in his classroom. He’s been putting sentences together and understands so much. Also, the social skills he’s developed at school really stand out to me when we’re out with other children the same age who are in a different child care setting.
Our one-year-old classroom environments are carefully created with developmentally appropriate learning centers and materials. In the toddler classroom, you will find blocks, puzzles, art supplies, dramatic play equipment, sensory tables, a library and more.
Toddlers have the freedom to choose what activities they are interested in. Teachers guide and support their learning throughout those activities, helping them learn new skills and encouraging them to try new experiences.
At Day Early Learning, we believe that the foundation to a lifelong love of learning for a child begins with a nurturing relationship with their teachers. Infant teachers are trained in responsive caregiving. That means they work to build a trusting relationship with each child, provide individualized care to each infant, and develop partnerships with families. All infants experience a responsive, sensitive caregiving environment.
Assessing Toddler Development
Each week, you will receive written observations of your child’s development on LifeCubby. These observations are used to help teachers create meaningful lesson plans that will ignite curiosity in your child and help us monitor your child’s growth and learning on a daily basis.
When parents enroll in our program and each time your child transitions to a new classroom, teachers and parents complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). This tool allows us to help you track your child’s progress in language, problem solving, fine and gross motor, and social-emotional development. It also helps us ensure the right materials and supports are being used to help your child reach the next stage of their development.
In the fall, winter, and spring our teachers complete an overall assessment on your child’s progress using a tool from the Indiana Department of Education called ISTAR-KR (KR=kindergarten readiness). This assessment is aligned to the Indiana kindergarten standards in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
In addition to measuring children’s growth, our learning environments and teaching staff are regularly assessed using classroom observation tools to ensure the highest level of teacher-child interactions. This is important because high-quality environments and teacher-child interactions encourage and promote children’s language, math, vocabulary and social skills.