Intermediate Preschool (2 - 3 years old)
Two-year-olds are at an “in-between” age in early childhood education. This is an exciting developmental stage where a child is trying out new ideas, exploring his or her surroundings, and finding possible solutions to problems, but all awhile staying close to a parent or teacher as the child needs base of support and trust. Our two year program provides many opportunities that teaches a child on how to manage conflicting feelings of separation—the “push-pull” between the pleasures of oneness with the parent along with the exhilaration of growing independent. By understanding the cognitive, social/emotional, and physical developments of this age group, our teachers are equipped to instill positive attitudes and motivation, to teach strong basic learning skills, to introduce a wide variety of disciplines, to foster early social skills and to inspire children the love of learning.
Learning through play and having an adult acknowledge the child’s success are the basis for a child to flourish socially and emotionally. Play
enables a child to feel good about him or herself and supports a child’s willingness to persist at a task. The classroom’s environment and daily activities are specifically designed to help a
child’s growth from rudimentary stages of exploration to subsequent mastery of various skills. With the emphasis on “play and autonomy,” each child will express his or her feelings safely and
honestly and will be given opportunities to take more responsibility for self. Students will engage in cognitive activities, such as figuring out how to make a block structure, deciding which
items to paste on a collage, selecting colors for a painting, making a grocery list, seeing “what happens when…,” working out the rules to a game, looking in a mirror, playing with dolls or toy
animals, talking on the telephone, and many more.
While most 2 year olds are interested in other children, parallel play (side-by-side, solitary play within the same space as another child) is common for this age group. Being focused on their own needs rather than the needs of others are exactly where 2-year-olds are suppose to be in their development of social and emotional skills. Students are given multiple activities to exercise their assertiveness and independence; at the same time our teachers impart kindness, sharing, and fairness into the daily curriculum. A child’s social development will be enhanced by play experiences that include opportunities to take turns, cooperate together, and work out problems without adult interference.
★ Play gives children opportunities to learn to do things together.
★ Play sets the stage for social problem solving, sharing and resolving disagreements by talking.
★ Play helps a child develop respect for others.
★ Play helps a child to learn to see things from another person’s point of view.
Potty training is another popular question that parents ask when their child is anywhere from eighteen to thirty-two months. The perfect age
to begin potty training is different for every child. Our program uniquely designs ways to help children with potty training. Once our parents and teachers discover signs of readiness,
such as showing interest in using the potty, can communicate his or her needs with basic words, the frequency of diaper change, and the child is able to pull off and put on pants, then we encourage
the child to start potty training. Our teachers use creative methods, such as incentive charts, reading books about using the potty, color theory exploration (mixing blue food coloring into the
toilet and discovering blue and yellow makes green) to encourage using the toilet.
Typical Learning Centers in a 2-3 year Old Classroom:
★ Library and Reading Nook
★ Reading and Writing
★ Math and Science
★ Music and Movement
★ Dramatic Play
★ Art and Sensory Experiences (sand/water table)
★ Circle Time (Morning/Afternoon Discussion area)
Have a look at the photo gallery below to see what we've been up to recently, and to see BedRock Preschool from the inside.