Our 2 Year Old Class
The Two Year Old class, provides consistent daily schedules with an emphasis on social and self help skills. This is such a fun, active, and unique class, filled with many milestones. At this age, your children are developing quickly and are eager for knowledge and understanding of the world around them. Our job as an educator is to help your child embrace that knowledge and have fun doing it!
2 Year Old Typical Daily Schedule
We believe that the establishment of a predictable daily schedule supports confidence and benefits with some of the separation anxiety that commonly occurs with young children. Below is a summary of our typical daily schedule:
8:45 - 9:35 - Arrival & Free Play
9:40 - 10:00 - Educational Circle Time
10:05 - 10:25 - Snack Time
10:30 - 11:00 - Outside Play/Gym
11:05 - 11:40 - Craft Time/Center Play
11:45 - 12:00 - Music and Movement
12:00 - 12:45 - Lunch
A typical morning in the two year old classroom begins with free play. This is the perfect time for children to ease into the classroom environment and explore the class on their own terms. After free play, the children are prompted to clean up their toys and have a seat on the rug for our group circle time.
Morning circle time is where we introduce and discuss our weekly theme (Ex. Community Helpers, Pets, Farm Animals, Ect), we count, recite ABC’s, learn nursery rhymes and Bible Stories, sing, and read.
In the latter half of the school year, we will also introduce the LetterLand Curriculum that is taught in the older classrooms at Viewmont Baptist.
Active play will take place outside or in our school’s gym depending on the weather (we go outside if the temperature is 40 degrees or above). Playing outside gives your child the chance to explore the natural environment and have adventures. Active play also has many health benefits for children. It improves vision, promotes social skills, increases attention span, and reduces stress. During our active play, the children can enjoy our outdoor play area or be a part of outdoor group activities, such as: relay races, hide and seek, Ring Around the Rosie, obstacle courses and much more.
After active play, the children get to enjoy a short snack before moving on to one of our favorite activities: Art!
Our art consists of teacher directed activities and also free expression art, where the children get to paint/draw whatever comes to mind! We try to introduce many diverse art activities to help our children with their fine motor skills and also enhance their creativity. We paint with textured paint, finger paints, watercolors, dot-dot markers, and also use non-traditional tools such as: painting with sponges or toothbrushes.
Art is usually done by one teacher with two or three children at a time, while the other children participate in free center choice. Our classroom is designed to enhance self-learning and discovery during free play- and has many tools to help the children achieve this, such as: puzzles, nesting blocks, stringing beads, blocks, Lego’s, shape sorters, farm animals, ocean animals, magnifying glasses, and much more.
Music and Movement Time
After our art/center play we begin our last circle time of the day. This is our music and movement time. We listen to our favorite dance songs, clap, jump, turn around, stomp, and sing. We may also get our class musical instruments out and march around the room or play them with a song. This puts our class in a giggly, silly, fun mood and is a great way to end the day. As you can see, we do quite a bit during our day; however, the most important aspect of our day is making sure that the children feel secure and loved. If your child is in our class, rest assured that we will treat them as one of our own.