Our Tiny Tot room serves children ages 13 months to 23 months old. Here your Tiny Tot will eat, sleep, and play according to his or her own schedule. We understand that each Tiny Tot is an individual with his or her very own unique abilities, desires and emotions. Our Toddler program is designed to meet the individual needs of your child/ren and to provide them with educational experiences. Our program is uniquely designed to encourage visual, language, gross motor and small motor experiences to enhance learning through their own natural curiosity. Your Tiny Tot teacher will guide and encourage your child in every stage of his or her development.
Physical Development & Health to include; interaction with environment, walking and running with coordination, fine motor skills, and maintenance of healthy growth.
Social Development to include; following directions, interaction with peers (to include back-and-forth play & sharing), relationship with other children, and responding to others feelings.
Emotional Development to include; feeling secure, identity of self, perseverance & satisfaction with progress, emotional regulation and impulse control.
Language and Literacy Development to include; understanding of directions, expressing needs wants & interests, listening to books and responding appropriately.
Cognitive Development to include; cause and effect, special relationships, imitation, recognition of different amounts of things, and understanding object’s connection to each other.
Routines to include; understanding personal care and sleep routines.
Having Fun! Learning standards are great, but at Little Explorer’s Learning Center all children have fun too!
13-18 Month Developmental Domains
Gross Motor Development
- Floor Play
- Push & pull toys
- Practice Reaching
- Ball rolling
- Large Soft blocks
- Outdoor play and walks
Fine Motor Development
- Lots of toys & objects to manipulate
- Finger play
- Turning book pages
- Finger paint
- Story time
- Label things in our environment
- Encourage babbling, words & conversation during routine care and transitions
- Singing songs
- Blocks, staking cups & rings
- Dramatic play: Dolls, baby bottles, telephones, tea sets
- Environment: Introduce shape of the week
- Musical Instruments
- Listening to diverse music
- Finger paints
Social Emotional Development
- Learning to wave “bye bye”
- Continuing to promote trusting caregiver-infant relationships
- Continue to support self- regulation & self-soothing
Self Help Skills
- Practice with sippy cups
- Continue spoons
*Special Note: There is a wide developmental and chronological age range in the 12-18-month room. Children will only partake in activities appropriate for their age and stage of development.