Crosby Christian Academy

Toddlers


We offer three toddler classrooms, based on age & development. Each room differs as the needs of the children change. All three rooms have bathrooms to assist with potty training & self help skills. Our toddlers have their own playground to develop physical skills with trikes, blocks and outdoor games.


While most activities revolve around important care routines, the introduction of our Infant / Toddler curriculum expands on the basics. The children participate in making crafts, painting, building block towers and playing pretend. Teachers lead in singing songs, circle time activities and exploring the world through books.

Your baby enters her second year and becomes a toddler, crawling vigorously, starting to walk, even talking a little. Exploring the boundaries established by your rules and her own physical and developmental limits will occupy much of her time for the next few years. Here are some other milestones to look for.

By 2 years of age, most toddlers will
Point to many body parts and common objects.
Point to some pictures in books.
Follow 1-step commands without a gesture like “Put your cup on the table.”
Be able to say about 50 to 100 words.
Say several 2-word sentences and phrases like “Daddy go,” “Doll mine,” and “All gone.”
Be understood by others (or by adults) about half of the time.
 
Movement milestones
Walks alone
Pulls toys behind her while walking
Carries large toy or several toys while walking
Begins to run
Stands on tiptoe
Kicks a ball
Climbs onto and down from furniture unassisted
Walks up and down stairs holding on to support

Milestones in hand and finger skills
Scribbles spontaneously
Turns over container to pour out contents
Builds tower of four blocks or more
Might use one hand more frequently than the other

Language milestones
Points to object or picture when it’s named for him
Recognizes names of familiar people, objects, and body parts
Uses two- to four-word sentences
Follows simple instructions
Repeats words overheard in conversation

Cognitive milestones
Finds objects even when hidden under two or three covers
Begins to sort by shapes and colors
Begins make-believe play

Social and emotional milestones
Imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children
Increasingly aware of herself as separate from others
Increasingly enthusiastic about company of other children
Demonstrates increasing independence
Begins to show defiant behavior
Increasing episodes of separation anxiety toward midyear, then they fade

Your role as the parent

Provide your child with lots of opportunities to play with kids their own age. Give them a chance to resolve disputes with their friends, but be ready to step in and facilitate sharing or taking turns. they'll need help figuring out how to solve problems and how to handle their emotions. Play learning games: Count stairs together, ask them to find matching toys, and name body parts. Pretend play may help them sort through emotions, but let them direct the play. Make sure they get plenty of time outside to run, hop, pedal, and freely explore. Set simple and clear limits and follow through with consequences calmly and consistently. Be sure to praise them when they behave well. Stay on top of their evolving skills and childproof your home accordingly.