The Toddler Program
ages 18 months - 3 years
As children learn to walk and move through their environment, they benefit from the following components of the Toddler Program.
Sensorial. Toddlers spend much of their mental energy organizing their sensory input. Sensorial activities help toddlers make sense of sights, smells, textures, colors, and sounds. Toddlers practice distinguishing colors with the color tablet box. Activities such as the knobbed cylinders and shape-sorting puzzles develop the ability to distinguish dimension. Smelling bottles with different stimulating essential oils help them to discriminate between different smells. Musical instruments open up the world of sound creation.
Language and math. The toddler environment is full of language and opportunities to develop number sense. Toddlers are encouraged to express themselves. Storytelling and reading aloud expose toddlers to new words and gives them opportunities to empathize with characters. Through engaging with matching games, such as matching the silhouette e of an animal to a full color picture of the same animal, pre-reading skills are stimulated. Sorting stones develops a sense of quantity.
Physical activity. Toddlers are very active and will develop a natural rhythm of rest and activity if given the opportunity. Toddlers at Nido are encouraged to move about the space freely. Outdoor play time happens every day, except in the case of severe weather. Gardening activities and nature walks give toddlers much-needed contact with nature and is beneficial for regulating their energy and attention throughout the day.