BREADMAKING & STORYTELLING

2 - 2.5 YEARS

This Parent/Child Class is specially designed for your 2- to 2.5-year old* toddler to nurture his or her natural developmental bursts of cognitive and motor abilities. If you are moving up from our previous class series, you will notice more classroom transitions and a wider variety of activities.

PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

As in previous class series, you are home base as your child ventures away from your lap to explore. We invite you to meet the slower processing pace of toddlers with calm, patience, and observation—staying tuned in, and intervening only when support is needed. We encourage you to echo any gentle limits introduced by the teacher, when appropriate. Harmony loves helping families connect, yet as this busy class presents many learning opportunities, we ask you to focus on your children, ready to help them succeed in each step of class. We welcome you to catch up with friends in our living room before or after class.

2- to 2.5-YEAR-OLD LOVES

  • Routine. Toddlers thrive on repetition and anticipation, so we follow a familiar rhythm your child will look forward to: welcome circle, bread-making, sensory play, bread-eating, and story circle.

  • Fine motor work. Having mastered many gross motor skills, this age group is ready and eager to hone fine motor skills involving coordination of the small muscles in the hands and fingers.

  • Independence. Toddlers love accomplishing tasks on their own. Be patient as your child struggles toward mastery of the independence-building tasks we present. We encourage you to support your child through the smallest facilitating step. Observe your child, offering the slightest aid as needed to complete the task successfully—if pouring water, stay close behind, reaching around quietly to help guide. As your child gets more capable, reduce your help, but stay present and available.

  • Reading. Between 2 and 3, children awaken to the understanding that the spoken word tree, a picture of a tree, and the written letters in tree all mean the same thing—this is the foundation of literacy, and it’s why we begin our routine-based storytelling curriculum at this age.

  • Imagination. Similarly, for the first time, your child begins to grasp the world of imaginative play.

  • Friends. This age group is fully aware of peers and ready for deeper social experiences.

2- to 2.5-YEAR-OLD CHALLENGES

  • Boundaries. Toddlers seek power—so, the toddler years bring many testing, challenging behaviors. “I won’t let you” and “You may not” are great phrases modeling healthy, respectful boundaries, showing the clear, confident leadership children need to thrive—reinforcing that you are in charge.

  • Sharing. Though toddlers can’t yet grasp sharing, this is a great time to introduce taking turns. When children play for extended periods with simple materials, they lay groundwork for concentration and attention span. If another toddler expresses interest in what your child is playing with, let your child fulfill his curiosity before saying, “You may have a turn when James is done.”

We hope you enjoy this bonding experience with your little one as you build new family connections. Our team is available to support all aspects of your child’s Harmony experience and guide you through these early learning stages however we can—your observations and questions are always welcome!

Contact us to enroll!

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*Though each Parent/Child Class series is designed for a particular age range, your child may enjoy starting a little sooner and/or sticking around a little later.