Toddlers Learning From Home

Toddlers Learning from Home

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.

Sunny Hollow's Toddler Offerings

Daily Activities

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.

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Reading Stories

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.

Practical Life

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.

Singing Songs

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.

 

Support for Parents

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:

  • Remain mindful and respectful about the growing self-esteem and sense of independence that your child is developing.
  • Help your child with the hardest part of a task (not the whole task).
  • Be consistent; follow routines and clear sequences for each activity.
  • Limit screen time.
  • Include your child in household chores. Young children are amazingly capable and want to help!
  • Provide lots of opportunities for outdoor activities (gross motor skill development).
  • Let go of perfection. What you are experiencing now is not the final goal, it is foundational.
  • Enjoy and appreciate time with your child.

We also encourage parents to stay in contact with our Toddler guides—ask questions, share concerns and observations. 

Activities for Home

Practical Life

Food Preparation

  • Preparing their own snack: cutting half of an apple (cut horizontally) using an apple slicer, squeezing orange juice, spreading cream cheese or jam on half of a bagel or bread.
  • Slicing vegetables and fruit for snack and dinner.
  • Baking: have ingredients pre-measured and in jars.

Care of Self

  • Dressing and undressing: give your child enough time to practice dressing and undressing by themselves.
  • Toileting: It’s important to continue with the toilet learning process.

Care of Environment

  • Mopping, sweeping, or use of a dustpan and dust brush.
  • Helping with laundry.
  • Watering plants and leaf washing.
  • Window washing, dusting, and wood polishing of large furniture in the home.
  • Taking care of pets.
  • Loading and unloading dishwasher, dishwashing by hand.

Artwork

  • Coloring, painting, collage, playdough, sidewalk chalk.

Outdoor Activities

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:

  • Watch the clouds and see what animals you can make out of them.
  • Hug some trees and try to find one that your arms fit perfectly around.
  • Turn over a rock and see what is hiding underneath.

If you have 30 minutes:

  • Do a backyard/nature treasure hunt.
  • Try your hand at rock stacking.
  • Grab some leaves or pieces of bark and race them down a creek.
  • If you have an hour:
  • Go for a walk and make note of all the sounds you hear.
  • Find a nature trail and help children make up a game or collect bugs or leaves.
  • Pack some food and have a picnic.

Language

  • Naming things in both indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Read together: let your child choose the books, talk about how the characters might be feeling and wonder together what will happen next. Reading with your child teaches more than literacy and language skills. He is learning that you value his interests and choices, and that you love him and enjoy being close to him. Studies show that lifelong readers are those who, as children, simply found reading a pleasurable experience.
  • Singing songs and do finger- plays
  • Narrate what you do as you go through your daily routines.
  • This helps your child connect words with objects and actions. “I’m washing the dishes. I’m squeezing the yellow dish soap into the warm water.”

Toddler At Home Schedule

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.

Morning

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.
Late Morning

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.
Afternoon

Nap for 2 hours. Wake up and use the bathroom.

Listen to music, look at books or offer an activity for your child.

 

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