Preschool Curriculum, 2 Year OldsDownload Flyer
Our Exploring My World program inspires your child to examine, create, and share as he broadens his language through interactions with his teachers and classmates in a safe, nurturing environment. Sensory and repetitive activities transform these new experiences into knowledge.
Two year olds want to be independent. They want to explore, touch and mimic their peers and teachers. Their daycare curriculum focuses on language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, social and emotional development, gross and fine motor development and character education.
Through learning centers and age-appropriate playgrounds, our two year olds have the ability to work at their own pace and learn to do tasks independently.
Activities in the two-year-old classroom include:
Practicing writing skills while writing his name and simple words, completing patterns, charting the daily weather and learning about recycling, participate in family style dining, jump like a kangaroo and learn about honesty.
Areas of Development
The Exploring My World preschool daycare curriculum focuses on your two-year-old child's primary areas of development.
Communication Skills: Between the ages of two and three, children’s vocabulary can grow to nearly 300 words. Kiddie Academy teachers provide children with the tools they need to communicate within their classroom community by guiding them to put their desires into words. Children are encouraged to identify common objects and speak in three-to-five-word sentences.
Self-Help Skills: Exploring My World is full of activities designed to empower two year olds. Children's independence will increase as they are introduced to fundamentals of hygiene and they accomplish basic self-help tasks, such as pouring juice into a cup during snack time and putting on their jackets and shoes. Teachers provide the children with many opportunities to master these tasks, because repetition is vital when it comes to learning a new skill.
Emotional Skills: Two year olds are experiencing a wide variety of emotions, much more than when they were infants and toddlers. Exploring My World guides the children to express their emotions in healthy and safe ways. Caring teachers will show children different ways to convey their emotions, from sadness and frustration to happiness and joy.
Social Skills: People skills are emphasized at Kiddie Academy. We start with your child becoming aware of the other children in the classroom and move on to encouraging the children to engage in group play. Your child will be encouraged to refer to her Kiddie Academy friends by name as well as engage in dramatic play activities, such as pretending to shop at the grocery store or acting out stories. These simple activities set the stage for the preschool years, when children's social skills are more developed.
Physical Skills: Exploring My World addresses both gross motor skills, which strengthen the large muscle groups of the body, as well as fine motor skills, which include the smaller finger and hand muscles. Children are prompted to climb, jump, hop, and run on the playground to strengthen their leg muscles. Two year olds don't realize they are bolstering their fine motor skills in the Creative Arts Center, but they do know that they are having fun finger painting, making collages, coloring with sidewalk chalk, and creating with clay.
Cognitive Skills: Cognitive skills are the foundation of learning and knowledge. At age two, children's cognitive skills are expanding quickly. Exploring My World challenges the children to become even more aware of their environment by asking questions and inviting them to solve problems. Teachers provide the children with many activities designed to encourage them to distinguish between textures, to identify shapes and colors, and to begin rote counting.
Character Education: We believe it's important to introduce children to a wide variety of character traits. Each month, a value, such as honesty or responsibility, is introduced to your child throughout the program activities. Your child might sing a song about responsibility, as well as be encouraged to clean up after lunch. These simple activities enable him to better understand the society we live in and how to interact successfully with others.