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Toddler Program
(age 1.5 to 3)
The WMS toddler classroom is carefully prepared to meet the age-appropriate needs of our students, accommodating a maximum of 10 children aged 18 to 36 months, with one teacher and one assistant. At WMS we foster the child's independence by facilitating a smooth and peaceful separation from his/her parents and help him/her adjust to the prepared school environment. Our mandate is to create a nurturing and secure environment where young children can choose lessons from the low shelves in the classroom and work on them independently, or to work with a teacher or friend. All furniture is a size that allows maximum independence and the toddler materials are designed to be attractive and inviting to the children. The WMS toddler program takes advantage of the rapid growth of fine and gross motor skills that takes place at this stage
of development, and focuses on language and motor development and helping children build trust in relationships.
The Toddler Curriculum
At WMS we have five main areas of curriculum and activity at the toddler level: Practical Life and daily living skills, sense awareness, language development, movement, art and music.
Practical Life Tasks:
Include care of self, care for the environment, cleaning, pouring, spooning, polishing, kindness, and respect. These practical life tasks give the child a meaningful degree of independence and self-discipline.
Manipulative:
The prepared environment will provide material for refining the auditory, visual and tactile senses. Sense awareness is learning about dimensions, shapes, colours, touching, hearing, tasting and smelling.
Language:
Through phonetic material and sensorial activities the child will learn to develop and master their vocabulary. Story telling will be an important part of the language component as well as pre-reading skills.
Cognitive Expansion:
Cognitive activities expand the toddler's ability to focus and think - they aid in developing problem-solving skills. The child will have a basic introduction to qualitative and quantitative concepts including numeral recognition.
Social Development:
Social development is encouraged through planned group activities such as circle time, snack time, and story time.
Motor Development:
Motor activities are separated into two categories: Large motor development includes the use of the gym where children can run, play with balls, practice balance and refine whole body coordination. Fine motor skills are explored through pouring, using tweezers, and other transfer work, as well as cutting and drawing.
Art:
Art activities will help the child express their own creative ideas by using various materials along with sensory exploration of materials.
Music:
Toddlers love songs that require physical responses. Music classes will provide playing instruments and dancing/body movements.
 
At WMS, we have developed our program around the principle that toilet training is an essential and important part of a child's physical and psychological well-being. In the initial stages of toilet training, the child will wear diapers or pull-ups during their nap time. An appropriately sized washroom for toddlers is conveniently located next to the classroom, facilitating the toilet training process.
 
Tuition Fee for Toddler Program

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