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"Exploring My World" 

At Our Redeemer Lutheran School, we believe that children are a precious gift from God. It is our belief that Christianity should be the basis for all education. We recognize each child’s emotional, social, spiritual, mental and physical needs and believe that children learn best by working with hands-on creative materials. Our teachers and staff acknowledge the parents as the primary educators and we dedicate ourselves to cooperating with the parents in the shared responsibility for the education of their child. We recognize the uniqueness of each child. Our program for  two-year-olds offers a divergent approach to learning by providing various positive, creative, and stimulating age appropriate materials in an orderly environment.

Two-year-olds are beginning to use their developing skills to explore and discover the world around them.  The curriculum is designed to capitalize on the natural curiosity of an active two year old child.  The two year old curriculum provides continual opportunities for exploration of the environment in a safe setting.  Our nurturing and caring staff guides the children daily to become increasingly more independent.  The environment is arranged to give two-year-olds the freedom to independently use the materials provided, yet caregivers are the facilitators who encourage and further develop the children's interests.   Activities are planned to enhance their development in areas of language development, emotional and social development, physical development, as well as cognitive development.  The students enjoy children's literature, music and movement activities, and are provided with a vast array of art exploration activities.  Our nurturing and caring teachers and staff use their knowledge to reinforce developing developing language skills by reading to the children, modeling appropriate language, and singing favorite songs.  Language skills are developed through repetition and reinforcement. The children learn language skills, while having fun. Two-year-olds also enjoy motor activities because of their advances in balance, controlled flexibility and posture control, and other developing motor skills. The children are given many opportunities through out the day to develop their gross motor skills, in outdoor play, and in the classroom.


Class Room Environment

The two-year-old class environment is designed to support the need for each child to play alone or with his or her friends.  Learning centers with safe and reliable materials are provided. Children are provided many opportunities throughout the day to learn more about their world.

Two-year-olds are beginning to use their developing skills to explore and discover the world around them. The curriculum is designed to capitalize on the natural curiosity of an active two year old child. The Two-Year-Old Curriculum provides continual opportunities for exploration of the environment in a safe setting. Our nurturing and caring staff guides the children daily to become increasingly more independent. The environment is arranged to give two-year-olds the freedom to independently use the materials provided, yet caregivers are the facilitators who encourage and further develop the children's interests. Activities are planned to enhance their development in areas of language development, emotional and social development, physical development, as well as cognitive development. The students  enjoy children’s literature, music and movement activities, and are provided with a vast array of art exploration activities. Our nurturing and caring teachers and staff use their knowledge to reinforcement, is designed to support the need for each child to play alone or with his or her friends. Learning centers with safe and reliable materials are provided. Children are provided many opportunities throughout the day to learn more about their world.

Sensory Exploration

Children learn by exploring the world around them by using their five senses. Daily activities are planned to encourage sensory exploration. The children might taste test apples, watch bubbles pop, play at the water table, or squish and roll play dough. Hands-on learning with sensory exploration is the underlying approach to all lesson planning. 

Cognitive Development

Lessons are planned to help the two-year-old student learn to follow simple direction, yet lessons are designed to encourage independent thinking. The curriculum focuses on helping the two-year-old child develop increased language in order to express his/her feelings and wishes. Simple short rhymes and songs are part of the daily schedule. These activities increase language development and memorization skills. As the year progresses, lessons are planned to help the children develop a longer attention span. Class lessons are also designed to teach the children cause and effect and to “think before doing”.

Social and Emotional Development 

Two year old children normally want to do things independently and sometimes refuse help. Children this age are generally self-centered and sharing is difficult for them. We recognize that children who are two years of age frequently test limits and assert themselves by saying “no” frequently. Our goal in behavior management is to teach the children to become self-regulating in their behavior. Learning self-control is a normal phase of a child's development and we recognize that the best way to accomplish this goal with children is through praise and positive reinforcement. Our caregivers are skilled in redirecting a child from inappropriate behaviors to actively engaging them in other more appropriate behaviors.


Creative Art Expression

Painting and coloring creating allows each two year old the freedom to use his/her ever expanding imagination in a "messy" way. A variety of material are provided to encourage the creative process. During holidays  your child’s art work may take on more thematic and a more teacher-directed approach.

Self-Help Skills

Two-year-olds can begin to master many self-help skills.  Caregivers will continue to encourage these skills with patience and kindness.  

Potty training

The classroom is equipped with a diapering station and easy access to toilets. Together with the teacher, you will decide on the appropriate time for toilet training. Efforts will focus on working as a team to help your child become potty trained and independent with using the toilet.

Active Play-Physical Development 

Climbing, running, and jumping helps two-year-olds build muscle strength and increase agility. Children will be given many opportunities to run, climb, jump, walk up and down stairs alone, and dig.  They will throw balls and learn to kick them. They will have opportunities to practice fine motor skills by taking things apart and putting them back together. The two-year-old children’s curriculum reflects the need for young  children to practice and develop their fine and gross motor skills.

Dramatic Play 

A two-year-old child is developing a sense of imaginative play. Our program encourages this area of development by providing dolls, housekeeping toys, and other dramatic play toys. 

Blocks 

Children use their developing coordination as they experiment with physical relationships and to build structures out of blocks. Over time these structures are more thought out and complex. 


Activities Included in Curriculum

Listed below are some activities which may occur in the daily lesson plans.

  • Worship time-Bible stories, songs, prayer time
  • Music and movement-Singing and acting out songs with simple movements
  • Finger plays
  • Flannel-graph stories
  • Puppets
  • Literature-Story time
  • Playing with play dough
  • Water table play ( water or cornmeal)
  • Puzzles
  • Blocks
  • Matching games 
  • Hands-on learning toys
  • Dramatic play-housekeeping toys, dress-up clothes, etc.
  • Art activities-Paint, chalk, crayons, gluing, etc.
  • Pedaling Tricycles
  • Playing in the sandbox 
  • Rolling, bouncing, kicking, throwing and catching a ball
  • Exploring size, shape, and texture of objects
  • Cause-and effect relationship activities such as …“ if you push this block, the whole pile will fall over.”

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