Starfish: Older Toddlers
Nine children aged approximately two to three years make up our older toddler group.
One Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care certified teacher and one assistant teacher support the development of independence and self-functioning skills appropriate to this group. Children are presented with books to hear aloud and are encouraged to recount stories themselves. They are given dramatic play opportunities as well as fine and gross motor activities, and are encouraged to use crayons, markers and paint brushes. Children listen to music to relax, and for dancing, and play. They are encouraged to work at their own pace, pick up toys and dress themselves. Teachers facilitate problem solving and teach children how to cooperate and work well with others.