We utilize the Baby Doll Circle Time as the curriculum for our two-year-olds. Research shows secure adult-child relationships are a prerequisite for healthy child development.The goal of Baby Doll Circle Time is to enhance the quality of the relationship between caregivers and children by strengthening attachment, attunement, and social play. The goal of this approach is to help Jacksonville toddlers develop both their minds, feelings, and motor skills.
The environment in our preschool is child-centered. The caregivers will initiate an idea, and allow the children to create their own learning experience based on what they already know and what they want to learn. We desire to provide children with the best, most enjoyable, most productive preschool education. In our two year old daycare program, we aim to accomplish this through the following:
- Introduction of a letter, number, word, color, theme, concept and skill each week
- Beginning reading skills – upper & lowercase experiences, phonics, sight words, word walls, sentence structure
- Emergent writing skills – scribbling, drawing
- Continued development of small muscles – beginner use of scissors under supervision
- Concepts of print introduction – how to open a book, where to start reading, left to right progression, use of capital letters, author, illustrator, letters in words, words in sentences and sentence structure.
- Books – Children will be read to frequently throughout each day in order to expand their knowledge on our themes. A variety of reading materials will be used (fantasy, factual, multicultural, diverse ability, poetry). Additionally books will be accessible at all times for children to read at their leisure.
- Science – Natural items, magnifying glasses, scales, magnets, color viewers, thermometers, living items.
- Math – Manipulatives are available to foster discovery of size, shape and color. Math activities will begin developing such concepts as repetition counting, one to one correspondence, comparison of amounts and sizes, classification, sorting, grouping, matching, sequencing, ordering, volume, dimensions and time.
- Creative expression – Dramatic play center, art center, block center, music and movement, puppets and flannel board stories.
- Continued development of large muscles – climbing, hopping, skipping, galloping, marching, riding toys with and without pedals, push-pull toys, sliding, manipulating balls, and swinging.
- Social and Personal Skills – Playing cooperatively with others, turn taking, listening and expressing ideas, stating their name, age and address, demonstrating self-help skills, showing confidence, controlling behavior and demonstrating pride in own work.