Offered At Lake Forest, Sherman Oaks, Agoura, and Newbury Park
The toddler program at Woodcrest Preschool offers an exciting learning environment for children. Our toddlers learn language naturally by hearing it used in context. Children are being spoken to, read to, listened to, and then encouraged to communicate their thoughts. Teachers closely observe interactions and help toddlers to communicate to make connections with friends. Toddlers enjoy running in our secure playground and develop gross motor skills by jumping, marching, running, and kicking. A big part of the toddler experience is independence. At meal times, children begin to eat on their own using a spoon and transition from a sippy cup to a regular cup. Toddlers engage in art, sensory play, music, and the use of manipulatives. All activities are carefully planned to optimize the development of your child.
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Physical development is the way your child moves her arms and legs (large motor skills) and her fingers and hands (small motor skills). Teachers help children learn these skills by offering different physical activities and equipment. Children run, jump, climb, throw, and catch. Using their hands, they explore materials like paints, playdough, puzzles, sand, and things to write with. By using their bodies actively both indoors and outdoors, children build healthy bones and muscles.
Social development teaches your child how to engage with their peers and their environment. Teachers model respecting the uniqueness of each person and how to work with others. By playing and learning together, children build their social skills, language skills, and self-control. With support from teachers, children learn to resolve conflicts that may come up during play.
Emotional development lets your child understand his feelings and the feelings of others. Teachers help children recognize and manage their own feelings and behavior. They also teach children concern, and empathy for others. To help children work on building a healthy self-esteem and resiliency, teachers encourage them to explore new things and to keep working on hard tasks.
Thinking, or Cognitive, Skills
Thinking, or cognitive, skills develop as children learn to think more complexly, make decisions, and solve problems. As young children explore, ask questions, and create, they improve their thinking skills. Reflecting on and using information lets your child understand the world around them. The way children approach learning is an important part of how they develop their thinking skills. For example, children that are able to handle frustration and can focus on the task at hand will have an easier time learning.
Language and Literacy Development
Language and literacy development help your child learn to use the interconnected skills of listening, talking, reading, and writing. Teachers also model understanding and communication through active engagement with the children in their class helping children grow their own communication skills and to learn new concepts.