Welcome to the Bumblebee Room! (18-months – 24-months)
The Bumblebee classroom will provide many opportunities for your toddler’s developmental growth. A daily routine will be introduced as the children are eased into a single naptime and learn to sleep on cots. They will begin developing their independent skills such as learning to use a cup, eating with utensils, and practicing table manners.
This classroom is very busy and full of energy. The toddlers are just beginning to desire independence and yet at any moment may change their minds and want to cuddle and be little again. We truly enjoy our work and we are looking forward to getting to know you and watching your child grow.
Good communication is very important; we will do our best to keep you informed about your child’s day. A daily sheet will keep you updated about your child’s daily activities, health, appetite, diapering, and it will let you know when your child's supplies are running low.
There is a weekly lesson plan that is posted on the parent board in the classroom. Photos are posted on the bulletin board and just outside the classroom.
Please let us know your child’s status upon arrival. How well did they sleep last night? Are they eating well? What is their mood? All of these things are important to us and help us to ensure your child gains as much as possible from our program. Please feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns. The early afternoon (12:15-2:00) is the best time for long conversations.
Activities will include short circle times, lots of dancing to the rhythms of music, reciting finger plays and rhymes; sensory activities such as water play or finger painting with yummy pudding; imaginative play, puzzles, drawing with crayons, and American Sign Language.
In addition, the children will begin to gain an understanding of social interactions and expressing their own emotional needs. The children will go outside, weather permitting, to enjoy nature and recreational activities.
We have a designated place for family photos. Please bring in a few photos for your child to view during the day; these photos are great props for toddlers and teachers to use as they begin language development. It will also help to cheer them up when they are missing you.
ASQ Reports will be sent home once every 6 months and a portfolio will transition with your child to their next classroom.
Diaper changes are scheduled every 1- 2 hours throughout the day. Of course if we start to smell something or we simply notice a soggy diaper we will change them immediately. In general, potty training begins in the Ladybug classroom but if your child begins to show an early interest we will make accommodations to begin sooner.
Supply List for Toddlers At a Glance:
- Diapers or pull-ups (labeled)
- Formula/breast milk/whole milk and infant food (clearly labeled with your child’s name) until child is ready for prepared program meals
- Pacifier (optional)
- Lightweight blanket
- Extra clothing: socks, undergarments, pants, shirts (3 of each)
- Winter gear: jacket, hat, gloves (Please label with your child’s name)
- Small special item for naptime (optional if needed)
Blankets go home on Fridays for laundering and will need to be returned on Monday morning. Please check your child’s bag daily at pick-up time for soiled clothing, communication log and remember replenish items as needed.