Toddler classroom

Toddlers are curious about everything and becoming increasingly independent. Our teachers embrace that as they support the growth of important skills they need for the future.


  • Active Exploration: investigate materials experiment with space/ volume; build structures; use simple tools
  • Questioning and Problem Solving: ask, “why, what, how;” identify a problem; explore solutions, cause-and-effect exploration


  • Visual Arts: investigate the world through senses; begin to use art materials; explore textures and colours
  • Dance and Creative Movement: listen and respond to a variety of music
  • Performing Arts: use imagination in play; engage in simple role plays


  • Number Sense: begin to understand one-to-one correspondence, counting
  • Sorting and Patterning: begin to sort objects and notice patterns; name objects and recognize patterns
  • Time: use words to describe past and future events


  • Healthy Living Practices: explore foods; build large motor skills; participate in simple yoga/mindfulness exercises
  • Nature Experiences: explore natural materials, gardens, plants, and animals, daily sensory experiences and self-help skills

Building Character

  • Character and Community: begin to make positive contributions; express affection and compassion
  • Environmental Awareness: begin to care for the classroom or garden, daily outdoor experiences (weather permitting)


  • Social-Emotional: learn the world is a safe place; see adults model cooperation; begin to develop empathy; build positive relationships
  • Executive Function: begin to follow simple directions


  • Listening and Speaking: tune into voices; listen/respond to simple instructions; communicate desires
  • Early Literacy: explore picture books; tell simple stories; understand beginning, middle, end and expressive language