1.5-2 Years
In this class teachers begin to encourage more independence since children are now in younger 2’s. Students in this classroom are aided in the potty training process and gain valuable self-help skills. During circle time they increase their number sense, literacy, and fine and gross motor skills. We incorporate daily activities to encourage not only motor development, but also healthy habits. By introducing each child to play, exercise and crafts we work to develop new skills, creativity and confidence!

This is also the age when children become curious and begin to expand socially and cognitively. Our supportive and encouraging environment allows them to develop solid social skills as we continue to work on language through reading, speech and arts.

Social/Emotional Development

At this age children become more aware of themselves and their ability to make things happen. They express a wider range of emotions and are more likely to begin an interaction with others. Children of this age will:

  • Initiate play
  • Express negative feelings
  • Show pride and pleasure at accomplishments
  • Show assertiveness and direct others
  • Become more helpful

Physical Development

At this age children begin to become less clumsy. At Learning Ladders we provide movement activities that help students meet the following age appropriate milestones:

  • Walk alone
  • Pull toys behind
  • Carry a large toy
  • Kick a ball
  • Scribble
  • Build a tower of 4 or more blocks
  • Stand on tips of toes

Mental Development

At this age your child is starting to understand the relationship between objects. For example the task of matching similar shapes will become an accomplishable activity. Children will also begin to recognize the purpose of numbers in counting objects, and become much more interested in winding up toys and turning lights and appliances on and off. Children’s play begins to become more complex. Children will start stringing together different activities to create a logical sequence. Instead of drifting randomly from one toy to another, he may first put a doll to bed and then cover it up. Or he may pretend to feed several dolls, one after the other.