Toddlers not only walk, but run, climb and jump. Full of energy, they are ready to explore their independence, develop their own likes and dislikes, and interact with other children and caring adults. At Misty Morning Children’s Center we support them as they leap into toddlerhood emotionally, socially, physically, creatively, and cognitively.
At Misty Morning Children’s Center we are here for the whole family. Our toddler program provides each child with the valuable experience of attending a quality, NAEYC accredited (www.naeyc.org) learning program while providing parents with the comfort of knowing we will be here to provide nurturing care through out the work week with minimal closures.
At Misty Morning Children’s Center we work with each child to support learning life skills such as dressing, potty training, washing of hands, and cleaning up. During circle time children have a chance to sing, dance and listen to stories which promote language and early literacy skills. There are also plenty of opportunities for independent play and socialization. The children practice sharing while they explore art, puzzles, stories, and dramatic play and many other activities to support their developmental needs. They will be introduce to the educational foundation concepts such shapes, colors, sorting, and numbers and much, much more. Outdoor time is a much anticipated activity where nature and fun is experienced on our tree lined playgrounds.
We use a blended curriculum (Creative Curriculum & CT State Standards) that prepares children for future schooling. We support each individual child in developing skills and knowledge in a fun environment.
Daily sheets are provided that record activities, eating and diapering information, and when ready toilet learning support. We also use Ages and Stages as a developmental screening and planning tool. Formal parent teacher conferences are held twice year.
Our teachers: Our teachers are Early Childhood Professionals. Our lead teachers and assistants qualify by best standard practices in Early Childhood education and our assistants either have degrees or college credit training in early childhood behavior and development. All teachers and assistant teachers receive professional development training in diversity, childhood development, curriculum, assessment and specific topics for the age group for which they teach.
Our typical day for the Grasshopper and Lightning Bugs:
A typical day in the Misty Morning Children’s Center Grasshopper and Lightning Bug classrooms gives children an opportunity to work and play individually and in small groups. The children have the opportunity to work on both teacher directed and individual choice projects.
7:00 – 8:30 am – Early morning arts & crafts plus free play activities
8:30– 10:45 am – The Learning Day – Circle time, snack, planned small group and individual activities including self-help skills, dramatic play, literacy, language, math, science, art, music, and so much more!
10:45 – 11:30 – Outdoor Recess and transition (weather permitting)
11:30 – 12:00 pm – Lunch (provided from home)
12:00 – 2:30 pm – Nap and rest time. Quiet activities for those children who do not require a full 2.5 hours of rest. Half-day option pick-up.
2:30 – 3:00 pm – Snack, transition circle to after-school
3:00 – 6:00 pm – “After-School” games and activities. (3pm or 4pm or 6pm options for pick up).