Your playgroup’s Day at Silverwood School Maryland
As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early foundation’s Playgroup activities will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that young children learn best through hands-on experiences. Each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.
The Playgroup curriculum enables your child to grow in confidence and learn to walk tall in his new world. From first steps to first words, your toddler will begin to experience the world in new ways. Group games provide your toddler with a sense of identity and his place in the broader world.
We provide child-directed activities such as art and sensory time. Potty training is of essence at this time. Toddlers are helped to adjust to transitions between activities throughout the day, and accommodate individual differences and developmental abilities. Because toddlers are gaining independence, we support their desires to learn to feed themselves, fostering self-help skills.
Socially the toddlers imitate and respond to the words and actions of others, identify and name familiar items, engage in conversations using pictures and puppets, follow simple directions and ask questions. Emotionally they learn to understand and express emotions appropriately, develop strong listening skills through storytelling and interact with peers in a group setting.
Physically, they learn about body parts through songs and rhymes. They crawl, jump, and, kick and toss. They gain enhanced eye-hand coordination through writing, drawing, and lacing shoes. Intellectually, they learn and respond to their own names, identify and sort basic colours, shapes, engage in some number activities, learn cause and effect through trial and error.
At this stage, children try out new things and explore the world around them more actively. They will often choose their own activities and may not always like being told what to do.
Children develop skills at different rates, but by 2 years, usually children will:
Concentrate on activities for longer, like playing with a particular toy.
Sit and listen to simple stories with pictures.
Understand between 200 and 500 words.
Understand more simple questions and instructions. For example ‘where is your shoe?’ and ‘show me your nose’.
Copy sounds and words a lot.
Use 50 or more single words. These will also become more recognisable to others.
Start to put short sentences together with 2-3 words, such as ‘more juice’ or ‘bye nanny’.
Enjoy pretend play with their toys, such as feeding dolly.
Use a limited number of sounds in their words – often these are p, b, t, d, m and w. Children will also often miss the ends off words at this stage. They can usually be understood about half of the time.