Two Birds Toddler Program & Childcare
The Two Birds curriculum is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, which is founded in emergent practices, meaning the way we think about classroom work and lesson planning responds and adapts to the interests of the child. It is a play based program that incorporates small group work, choice time, project work and centers and utilizes open ended materials. We begin this approach in our infant program and build upon it as children graduate through each of the programs and age groups at Two Birds. In our Toddler program, teachers’ planning focuses on providing opportunities for students to build gross and fine motor skills as well as develop social/emotional skills.
Morning meeting is an opportunity to gather the entire class and introduce new topics of study, promote social development within larger group participation amongst peers, and to establish recurring routines to kick off the day, such as reading, singing, creative movement and dance.
Children eat as a class to promote family-style meals for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. By replicating the style in which meals are served at home, we promote conversation, independence, feeding skills and social engagement.
We utilize small group work to introduce new learning skills, materials, and topics the classroom is investigating. Project work is often initially teacher led, and then as children revisit skills and topics, can be child-led as well.
All classroom environments are organized around centers within the room, such as dramatic play, art, construction, a cozy corner, library, and science. Centers provide an opportunity for teachers to curate the materials presented to encourage productive play, and for children to make choices about how they spend their time and exhibit agency in the classroom.
Outdoor play focuses on engagement with the environment and neighborhood. Teachers bring equipment such as parachutes, chalk, hoops, bubbles and balls as well as explore and observe what’s happening in the community.
The toddler program incorporates a 2 hour rest period following lunch. All toddlers select a Two Birds blanket to snuggle with during rest and sleep on cots in the room. For toddlers who do not require two hours of sleep, teachers work with them to read quietly and allow their bodies and minds to rest.