At this level, emotional development is based on supporting children through the challenges met in a social setting. Children are encouraged to express feelings, take the risk of building peer relationships, and separate from parents. Children also establish daily routines, and when changes occur, verbal cues are given to assist children in adapting to a different routine. Children at this age need to feel secure within the group. Our teachers help them to communicate through modeling and by allowing them to become comfortable in front of the class. In addition, they assist them in developing a sense of empathy and respect for other children. Our teachers support children in early decision making by offering them simple choices.
With praise and encouragement, our teachers encourage children to learn these vital skills by teaching them to throw away their own trash, wash their hands, put the toys away, dress themselves, and use the toilet.
Through the use of easels, manipulative toys, movement activities, the sensory table, dancing and coloring, children are encouraged to exercise various muscles – both large and small. Play stimulates small (fine) muscle control in the hands. Play-doh and colored markers are available for children to develop skills while engaged in freely chosen play activities. Opportunities for 2’s to develop their large muscles (gross motor) abound. Outside play, dancing, Rebounders, and other movement activities are integrated into daily activities to stimulate growth and body control.