In our toddler classroom all of the materials are kept on shelves. Everything in the classroom has a place. Once the child is finished with a material he\she puts the material back on the shelf where it belongs. The teacher works with the children individually and in groups.
Our toddler areas are prepared environments that are designed to meet your child's needs (social, physical, emotional, and intellectual). It will guide your child towards independence and self care while building social skills, grace, and courtesy. Activities are designed to promote self-interest and planned to provide a balance of activities in the following areas:
Practical Life (zippers/buttons, cooking, caring for dolls, etc), Language (books, singing, matching objects to pictures), Science (surrounding nature, science experiments, etc), Art (painting, coloring , play-dough, etc), Math (counting, sorting), Sensorial (sizes, weights, colors, textures), Manipulative (stringing, lacing), puzzles and blocks, large muscle (foam ‘steps’, tunnel, dancing, etc) and then of course there's taking care of the self (toileting, washing hands, dressing).
Children need freedom to choose his/her own work, and the freedom to repeat the activity. Interest is the key to learning! Each child has his\her own interests, and the teacher must observe each child so when the teacher gives a presentation (shows how to use the material), she can use each child's interest to draw them into an activity. The teacher is always introducing the children to new material and encouraging them to learn new things.