Age 15 months – 2 Years: Beginners Curriculum
Focus and Outcome
Students focus on self-care and, under the guidance of their teachers, learn to dress themselves, become independent in the bathroom, and begin to prepare and serve snacks and meals. Carrying, cleaning, flower arranging, grooming skills, and grace and courtesy are also modeled and taught.
Learning about shapes, sizes, colors, textures, tastes and smells is an integral part of the classroom experience, whether through songs, art, cooking, or exploration of classroom materials. These sensory discoveries are closely related to the children’s explosive language development during this period.
Whether counting steps to the playground or clapping to the rhythm of a song, students are constantly experiencing math. Matching geometric shapes and colors and exploring size relationships among objects helps to build the foundation for basic mathematical functions.
Acquisition of language explodes during this developmental period. Daily walks and outdoor experiences help the children connect their observations to language. Classroom discussions help to build vocabulary, as do songs and books. Proper grip of crayons is even introduced at this age to prepare the students for successful writing in the years to come.
Through the all-school study of different geographies and culture, students are exposed to a range of traditions and customs. Students at this age are beginning to recognize themselves as separate and independent beings, and early experiences interacting with classmates and adults with different viewpoints and backgrounds create an important foundation for future learning and understanding.
Each week, students have library, music and movement, and Spanish instruction in addition to classroom-based activities.