In this age group, older toddlers spend much of their time working on social skills like cooperating, taking turns, and sharing; they also make huge gains in their linguistic and cognitive development, learning to put words together into phrases and sentences. Of course, another focus of the older toddler room is potty training, with regular, reinforced trips to the bathroom for those showing readiness. Lastly, older toddlers continue doing more formal group and individual planned activities, including a longer circle time, story time, and themed crafts and activities at the tables.
Older toddlers generally follow this schedule:
7:00-9:30 – Drop off, breakfast/morning snack, and free play
9:30-10:30 – Circle time and small-group activities (arts & crafts, books, and floor time)
10:30-11:00 – Gross motor play outdoors (weather permitting) or in atrium
11:00-11:30 – Lunch
11:30-12:30 – Free play, clean-up, and group stories
12:30-3:00 – Nap time and quiet books
3:00-3:30 – Afternoon snack
3:30-6:00 – Free play (outdoors weather-permitting) and pick-ups
This group generally has 14-17 older toddlers and 3 teachers.