Toddlers

Your baby is growing up! What an exciting time! At The Gardner School, our toddler program is carefully designed to encourage each child’s growing need for independence and emerging sense of self, while nurturing intellectual growth, exploration and socialization in a safe, supportive environment.

"We love that TGS offers Enrichment Classes on site. Our daughter started out with gymnastics, and now she is in dance. We are letting her try different things to let her see what she likes."

Rusty Strange, TGS Parent

Program Highlights

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Creative Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos focuses on delivering nurturing, consistent and loving interactions with our infants. For young children, meaningful and long-lasting learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. Our comprehensive curriculum focuses on observation and assessment to help your child reach his or her highest levels of development.

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Language Development

Our toddlers begin to make the transition from American Sign Language to the beginning stages of language skills and speaking. Teachers encourage language development through story time, songs, blocks and puzzles, as well as our home living and other learning centers, to help our toddlers begin to align letters, sounds and words with objects.

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Socialization

A young child’s self-confidence and socialization skills are developed at a very early age, as their curious nature prompts them to reach out to other children and adults. We aid in this time of development by encouraging social interaction, friendship and learning experiences through group play activities. Our teachers consistently interact with our young students in a nurturing and reassuring way to build a loving, trusting and supportive environment.

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Parent Communications

We understand the importance of staying connected to your child while at school. With real-time daily updates, photos and notifications through our PreciouStatus emails and app, our teachers take time to communicate every piece of your child’s day. Through child assessments, phone calls and teacher/parent conferences, TGS enables and encourages our parents to be an active part of their child’s educational experience.

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Monthly Themes

Our monthly themes allow our toddlers to learn through play, observation and exploration. With a wide array of topics that our toddlers can relate to directly, we carefully introduce and foster language development, cooperative play, sensory awareness, colors, manipulatives and self-expression to your little one.

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Itsy, Bitsy Yoga

The ancient practice of yoga is proven to help people of all ages, even infants and toddlers. We utilize Itsy, Bitsy Yoga as part of our curriculum to help our toddlers sleep better, digest easier, be happier, stay healthier, and even learn how to relax their bodies.

A Typical Day for a TGS Toddler

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  • Exploring the Learning Centers
  • Story Time
  • Eating Breakfast, Lunch and Snack in the Classroom
  • Itsy, Bitsy Yoga
  • Hand Washing
  • Outdoor Play
  • Napping
  • Cooperative Group Play and Sharing
  • Playing with Blocks
  • Building Puzzles
  • Making Friends
  • Cuddles and Snuggles
  • Creative Art Projects