“A Typical Toddler Day”
7:30 a.m. – At this time we open our room. We receive any of the children who were in early from the Green Room. All the children do their “jobs” when they come to school. This consists of a painting, a puzzle and a book. Once your child’s “jobs” are done he/she can play with whatever they want. The children put their toys away when they are done. As you might expect it isn’t always easy to keep track of whose toy is whose. Toddlers have a tendency to trade. Often carpet toys get dropped by one child and picked up a few minutes later by another.
9:00 a.m. – Toilet Routine: All of the children in underwear go to the washroom at this time. We find that when we take them at routine intervals and don’t give them a choice, we have fewer wet pants. The other children who are diapered are also encouraged to sit on the toilet. If the child were frightened, we wouldn’t push them. What happens is, they watch everyone else and are soon quite comfortable sitting on the toilet. Of course, we praise all successes with the famous “happy face” stamp.
9:15 a.m. – Circle Time!! This is a favourite time of day! Often, new children have a hard time with this in the beginning. They don’t want to sit still for very long. They soon get over this and enjoy the songs, stories and games as much as the other children.
9:30 a.m. – Now it’s time for snack. Morning snack is usually hummus or cheese on crackers or cheerios. We also have milk with our snack. The children can decide whether or not they want a cracker, but they all have a drink. We encourage a verbal response from the child. This response varies depending on the child. For example, “Yes please” for the older children and “yes,” “cracker,” “me”, “please”, etc. for the younger children. We rarely have a child that does not want a snack.
9:45 a.m. – We dress for outdoor play. Every one loves this time of day, both the children and staff. Bikes, the tunnel and the car are a few of the activities that your child participates in outside. Occasionally, outdoor activity is not possible due to inclement weather.
10:45 a.m. – We come inside and again take the toilet trained children to the bathroom. The children are again allowed to play with the toy of their choice. We often play with play dough, the slide, a big book, instruments, lotto games or any other crowd pleaser. One teacher starts artwork at 10:30 a.m. All children have a turn at this. The activities include such things as gluing, painting, cutting, colouring, lick’em stick’ems, etc. These are the wonderful works that decorate your fridges and walls.
11:30 a.m. – Wash hands for lunch.
11:35 a.m. – Lunch – This is always a delicious hot meal. Our toddlers are good eaters! The children can have many helpings of lunch but only one dessert. They use their spoon – not their fingers! (most of the time) After lunch we have another toilet routine and go to bed. The children sleep until 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. – If they are awake, they can get up. If not they can sleep until 2:15. Again we have a toilet routine and comb all the children’s hair.
2:30 p.m. – Afternoon snack is usually fruit and milk.
2:45 p.m. – Outdoor Play
3:30 p.m. – We come inside and have another toilet routine.
3:45 p.m. – Circle – This is often delayed a little because of undressing all of the children and taking them to the bathroom.
4:00 p.m. – Free play.
4:50 p.m. – Snack (crackers) – for those children who are staying late. It has been a while since snack and they seem to have the munchies, as does the late shift teacher.
5:30 p.m. – Close room. Children may be picked up after 5:30 in the Green Room.
We hope your toddler enjoys their day as much as we enjoy having them at school!