SELA’s Toddler curriculum involves more than just meeting the students’ physical needs. It is based in a very unique curriculum developed by Su Escuela which is then integrated with The Early Learning Guides of Massachusetts.
Each age level (Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Junior K) is divided into 9 different levels, each covering 8 units of study. In this way, each year and throughout the year students are always progressing by consistently being challenged and engaged
in the classroom. All units detail the principles of active learning through adult-child interaction, daily schedules and routines, observations, and evaluations of what and how students are learning.
Toddler students receive one Homework book per semester. Students will be proud to show you their books and work at home with their parents or guardians. This helps maintain a connection between the families and what students are learning in each unit. These homework books are part of SELA’s curriculum.
Teachers will welcome their students through an engaging activity that will improve challenges such as positive separation from parents, communicating their needs to the teachers, learning their friends’ names, acclimating to classroom rules and routines, listening as a group, and learning about weather and feelings. Social interactions with peers and teachers dictate the process of learning social and problem solving skills.
Students will learn words to express their needs and feelings and expand their communication with peers and teachers. Developing their vocabulary in the classroom will allow students to follow directions, stay on topic, answer relevant questions (words, phrases, and sentences), share information and ideas, and utilize more precise language. Becoming comfortable with a second language in the classroom will allow students to speak the second language freely at home. They will start recognizing their name printed out, look at books independently, and understand how to flip through the pages and recognize the pictures in a book.
Students will be motivated to explore mathematical concepts in a hands-on curriculum. This includes counting, spatial awareness, measuring, recognizing numbers and symbols, understanding part and whole relationships, and analyzing patterns and data.
Students will expand their creativity and be able to express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel. Students will learn to predict, compare, plan, solve a problem and discuss about their art work in detail.
Self-help skills development will enable your child to meet his or her own needs and strengthen behaviors that eventually lead to independence. The main categories are: washing, eating, dressing, and using the toilet.
Students will develop a sense of self as well as a sense of community: belonging to a group, respecting, and helping each other. Being bilingual will not only help them to learn a second language, but it will also encourage them to communicate their emotions in both languages.
Gross Motor Skill Development: Students will work on their gross motor skill development by throwing and catching a ball, running, climbing, crawling, walking, hanging from a bar, sitting, and awareness of their body parts.
Fine Motor Skill Development: Students will refine their fine motor skills by using their fingers to pick up small objects, using paint brushes and pencils, feeding himself or herself, opening and closing containers, cleaning up spills, using crayons and playing with play dough.
Students will begin to recognize different sounds and music played by their teachers. They will follow along with the songs, sing familiar songs, dance according to rhythm, create their own songs, and listen to the music.
Students are assessed informally daily. In addition, formal evaluations are completed weekly, monthly (based on units), as well as 3 times per year for Progress Reports. Teachers meet regularly with the Curriculum Coordinator to adjust lesson plans and curriculum to each individual child’s needs.
“I love the quality of the teachers, the structure of the curriculum and the pace at which my toddler learned to speak another language.” -Aimee Sargent
Ages: 15 months – 2.9 years old
Class Size: 1 teacher to 4 students or up to 2 teachers to 9 students