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|2-3 Class Overview
This is a year of great growth and a striving for
independence. The Preschool values this new stage by supporting
values this new stage by supporting children as they come to school one
day a week on their own, and encouraging them to branch out and explore
In contrast to the Toddler Class, parents work and remain in
a specific learning center within the classroom. As the children
begin to increase their interaction with their peers, parents and
teachers are there to model appropriate conflict-resolution and offer
support. The Preschool teacher continues to provide appropriate
curriculum, sharing music and stories, and building on concepts and
ideas previously established in the Toddler Class.
A typical day will include:
- Greetings: It is important to make the children feel
welcome to the classroom, and to make contact with each child as he or
she enters. This is an important time to reassure children who are
attending school without their parent, and to help families with
separation issues. Children are encouraged to find their own name
badges and cubbies.
- Discovery Time: The children explore all the
different areas of the classroom, and show increasing independence as
they adjust to allow their parents to work in a specific area rather
than follow them around.The children show increased interest in playing
with each other, although at this stage is is usually in parallel play.
The children still move quickly between activities but now are becoming
more able to focus for slightly longer periods of time Theme oriented
projects continue to be used in the classroom, the focus being on
process rather than product.
- Clean-up: Children are encouraged to participate in
the clean-up process. As the children are familiar with their routine,
they become more comfortable in their surroundings and are very capable
of putting things away, with adult supervision.
- Outside: Weather permitting, it is great to let the
kids have outside exploratory time too - time to run, jump, play in the
sand box and climb on the climber.
- Snack: Learning about cleanliness is part of our
snack routine, as all children and adults wash their hands before
sitting down to snack. Children are learning social skills, from
sitting down to eat with others, to cleaning their place before they
leave the table. Snacks are served family style, allowing the children
the opportunity to make choices and practice serving themselves.
- Story Circle: As the children become more able to sit
and pay attention for longer periods of time, a story is read, with the
children encouraged to participate with the teacher.
- Music: Music is a wonderful time for children to
explore rhythm and tunes, as well as dance and movement. Instruments
are often incorporated, or colored scarves to dance with, and parents
join in as much as the children.
- Goodbye Circle: As the session comes to a close,
children sit on their own, or in an adult's lap, for songs,
finger-play, and games, before everyone sings a goodbye song.
2-3 Class Parent Education
We've all heard it before; "the terrible twos" is a phrase
that is recognized and feared by most parents. Yet once a parent
understands the reason behind the behavior, parenting a two-year-old
can become much more manageable. As children move into their
second year, they begin to develop a more refined sense of
self-awareness, and with this comes a strong desire for
independence. Many call this the "first adolescence". Your child's
need to separate from you brings about many typical two-year-old
behaviors including tantrums, constant movement and exploring, and a
strong need to push limits. Children might be uncooperative,
negative, impatient, or extremely curious, and many are easily
frustrated. It would be too much to expect them to share, and
many are quick to demonstrate the rule of "mine" with a physical
During this time, your greatest tool can be learning about child
development and different parenting techniques. The VMCP program
is unique in this aspect. To enhance what you already know, we
have Parent Ed meetings and classroom lab time that can help you build
upon your knowledge, and give you plenty of opportunity to practice new
skills. In both the classroom and at the monthly Parent Ed
meetings, we focus on finding and applying age-appropriate strategies
that truly work for the long-term benefit of your child. We
analyze why certain behaviors occur and why they have such a profound
impact on us as parents.
Having responded appropriately to two year-old behavior strengthens
your relationship with your child and enables you to be successful with
more significant parenting issues later on.