Toddler Classroom Essay

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This toddler classroom floor plan is designed for up to 12 children, ages 18 to 36 months. The room floor plan provides ample space for a lot of different types of activities with allowance for normally excluded areas such as doorways, built-in sinks, etc. It includes areas for routines, such as meals/snacks, and nap/rest, as well as play spaces for activities with various materials, including books, music and sound making toys, fine motor toys, gross motor toys, blocks, and dramatic play materials. It is outfitted with basic furniture and equipment (i.e. chairs, tables, easels, bookshelves, storages, sinks, changing tables and rugs). The Toddler class is a safe place for children to explore and make sense of their world. For children at this young age, the goal is to provide a social setting in the most inviting and nurturing manner. We tackle difficult concepts for toddlers, such as “If my mommy leaves me here, will she come back for me?” and “How do I get a toy that I want from that other child?” Over time, the children learn to play cooperatively with other students and to lay foundations for future relationships. The “child’s play” that goes on in the toddler class is an opportunity for children to create, discover, and experiment. When play is supported and allowed to emerge, the toddler begins to learn about a variety of concepts that lead inevitably to intellectual curiosity and development. The Toddler class engages students in activities that promote development of the following skill areas: Creative: The art area is a wonderful opportunity for children to express their imagination and individuality, and it also develops fine motor skills and reading fundamentals in the process. Children learn to identify shapes of letters in personal drawings, differentiate foreground and background (i.e. learn about color by mixing paint, talking with the teacher
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