Our toddlers (ages 16-33 months) are staying connected to their Sunny Hollow teachers in a variety of ways. We are supporting toddler parents through daily and weekly activities using Google Classroom. Here are some of our learning-from-home opportunities and supports for our youngest students.
Throughout the week, our Toddler lead guide posts a “schedule of the day” that offers optional activities for parents to do with their children. These activities always include hands-on work (art, cooking, and so on) as well as language activities (songs, stories, and vocabulary). These activities are posted to Google Classroom so that parents can view the current and past activities on their own timeframe.
Our goal is to support parents in ways that are developmentally appropriate for their children and also flexible to parent schedules and work commitments.
Here’s an example:
Our Toddler staff posts videos of themselves reading books that come from the classroom. Hearing favorite stories read by their favorite people has been comforting to our youngest students and given parents ideas for books to read at home.
Each week, our Toddler lead guide gives video lessons showing practical life activities that toddlers are learning and are so interested in. These activities are purposeful and engaging while supporting children’s physical and intellectual development. They also promote independence, self-confidence and a positive attitude towards learning.
Examples include washing hands, setting the table, watering plants, washing windows, and putting on shoes.
Toddlers love to sing and dance! Learning through song and movement helps them learn vocabulary, practice self-expression, and embody joy.
Our toddler staff films themselves singing beloved songs and finger plays that our children sang together in the classroom. Favorites include: Skinamarinka-doo, the Popcorn Song, Choo Choo, I’m a Little Teapot, I Have a Little Turtle, and Country Roads.
We hope that during this time at home, toddlers are enjoying family life with developmentally appropriate contributions. But that is easier said than done when families have other siblings and work obligations!
Here are some ideas that we invite parents to explore:
We also encourage parents to stay in contact with our Toddler guides—ask questions, share concerns and observations.
Care of Self
Care of Environment
It is always fun for children to spend time with their parents in nature. So take some time out of your busy schedule to explore outdoors with your child. I guarantee, you’d enjoy the experience as well as your children would. Here are a few ideas for connecting your child with nature.
If you have 15 minutes:
If you have 30 minutes:
Here’s a general structure of the day that parents might find helpful. Routine and consistency are important for your toddler. It is important to continue toilet independence during this time at home.
Wake up and assist in making the bed. Use the bathroom, brush teeth. Make breakfast with your child, eat and clean up.
Rotate through activities one at a time for two hours. Have a few choices of activities for children to choose from. Remember to make time for a bathroom break every hour or earlier if your child is wet or soiled.
|Mid-Morning||Snack Break: children can set the table, eat, and clean up.|
Recess (indoor or outdoor) for at least 45 minutes. Free play for the children with bikes, balls, sidewalk chalk, etc.
Read stories, sing songs, listen to music and singalong.
|Lunch||Use the bathroom. Set up for lunch and have lunch. Clean up and use the bathroom. Prepare for nap.|
Nap for 2 hours. Wake up and use the bathroom.
Listen to music, look at books or offer an activity for your child.