12 - 23 months
Toddlers busily explore their independence as they learn about and respond increasingly appropriately to the feelings of others and as they gain better control over their emotions. They want to control their actions and the effects those actions produce as their motor and cognitive abilities increase. The world is an exciting place of discovery but it can be overwhelming at times. Their coordination skills however their balance will be unpredictable at times.
The primary care provider understands growth and is thoughtful, informed, responsive, and nurturing. Trust-building routines are provided which allow toddlers to explore their feelings and make sense of the world. Through secure attachments healthy growth flourishes and is manifested through smiles, hugs, and a sense of belonging.Language and memory skills begin to form from engagements in receptive and perceptive encounters with adults and peers. Simple phrases are understood and produce through daily events and activities and in social roles. It is essential that toddlers are given adequate time for routines and daily schedule to promote development and learning. Also, toddlers must be given opportunities for flexible abilities. Respect should be given to the biological rhythms and interests of the children. The creative Curriculum allows for the biological rhythms and interests of each child as well as provides tools for the provider in observing and guiding toddlers though the developmental and learning stages.
The goals for each stage are:
Goal 1: to learn about self and others (Social/Emotional Development)
Goal 2: to learn about moving (Physical Development)
Goal 3: to learn about the world (Cognitive Development)
Goal 4: to learn about communicating (Language Development)
Finger plays, music/dance, audiotapes sounds, board books, crafts, blocks (soft, multiple/varied sizes and shapes), floor toys (pull/push) musical instruments, climbing apparatus, picture cards, cubby crayons, knobbed puzzles, balls, manipulatives that shake and make sounds; manipulatives for sorting, nesting, and for outside play (wonder).