The Toddler Classroom
There is space for movement, space for individual work and space for group activities. Everything in the environment is proportionate to the child’s size and is designed to be safe and aesthetically pleasing for children. The toddler classroom is simpler and slower paced than the early childhood, Primary (3 – 6 year old) classroom.
Practical Life Activities
Practical life activities are simple and can be accomplished by each child. They offer repetitive cycle, which helps the child establish patterns of order and sequencing. Due to the fact that these are very real activities, each child becomes grounded in reality, building the child’s self-esteem is the ultimate goal and this is accomplished through repeated successes with these activities.
During cycles, children choose activities, engage with them, and then return the materials to their proper places when finished. This helps instill a sense of order and responsibility in the child. Work cycles typically last for a set period, after which children can choose new activities. These activities are carefully designed and structured to promote the child's development in various areas, including cognitive, motor, social, and emotional skills.