Toddler – Teddy Bear, Rascal, & Kangaroo

  • Three RoomsEmmadoll

  • Teddy Bear & Rascal – 9 children and 2 adults
  • Kangaroo – 8 children and 2 adults


6:30-7:30 Combine with Pre-School
7:30-8:30 Combine with Infant Room, Breakfast served, Free Play
8:30-9:00 Free Play
9:00-9:45 Activity at table/sensory table/puzzles/books, etc./Free Play
9:30-9:50  Diaper changing/hand wash
9:45-10:00 Clean Up
10:00-10:15 Snack Time
10:15-11:30 Outside Time/Going for walks/Also, playing in the yard **During inclement weather, an inside gross motor activity will be offered: tunnel, dancing, walks around inside of church, etc.
11:30-11:45 Clean up/Wash hands/One teacher prepares lunch while the other one helps children wash hands
11:45-12:15 Lunch Time
12:15-12:30 Finish Lunch/Diaper change/Wash hands/Begin nap
12:30-2:00 Nap or Quiet Time
2:00-2:30 Waking up/quiet activities
2:30-3:00 Diaper Changing/Wash hands
3:00-3:15 Snack Time/Clean up
3:15-3:45 Activities/sensory table/puzzles/or coloring, etc.
3:45-4:00 Clean Up Time
4:00-6:00 Outside Time/On rainy days or cold winter days, we may come in early for free play.



Below are general goals that we work on with all the toddlers. In addition to these goals, we set individual goals for each child. These goals are just that: goals, not requirements. The Toddler Room goals were created to align with the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers and the Teaching Strategies GOLD curriculum. Communication  Children will:

  • Learn to manage their own behavior more effectively so they can use their words rather than their body to help solve problems.
  • Learn to express their needs in two- to three-word sentences.
  • Understand verbal cues, such as “Where is the kitty in the book?”
  • Be expected to follow simple instructions throughout the day; walk outside together; walk, not run, inside; sit down while eating; and be gentle with their friends.
  • Begin to have open-ended conversations.
  • Be continually encouraged by the teachers to carry on conversations with the teachers as well as with their classmates.

Gross Motor Children will:

  • Learn to maintain balance while walking.
  • Climb up the stairs on the climbing structure.
  • Learn to kick and throw both small and big balls.
  • Be able to jump, dance, and run.
  • Practice and master push-and-pull activities.

Fine Motor  Children will:

  • Learn to use utensils more effectively.
  • String beads and stack blocks.
  • Begin to scribble and mimic adult drawings.
  • Read books and help turn pages.
  • Take small objects and drop them into a bowl or bucket.

Personal/Social  Children will:

  • Be encouraged to perform independent tasks, such as washing their hands, brushing their teeth, and hanging up their coat, etc.
  • Be encouraged to participate in small and larger group activities.
  • Be taught how to ask for help when they need it.
  • Start to mimic adult activities (for example, reading a book to dolls or some friends, wiping the table, etc.).

Multiculturalism Children will:

  • Be exposed to multiculturalism in various ways (for example, by having families share their customs and traditions, introducing the children to other cultures, and infusing multiculturalism throughout the curriculum).

Transition Goals for Toddlers Moving to the Owl Room Children will:

  • Meet teachers from the new classroom and visit the new classroom.
  • Learn to work more independently (for example, assist with cleanup, get their own coat and put it on, put on their own shoes, and get their own things for nap time).
  • Typically stop using sippy cups by 24 months and transition to an open cup at that time.
  • Begin potty training*.
  • Begin to work on more focused activities at a table or participate in circle time.
  • Practice taking turns.
  • Be introduced to family-style snacks and/or meals.

Parents will:

  • Attend a transition conference with their child’s teachers.

*We work with parents to train kids on the potty. When we feel a child is ready to begin potty training (or if you feel your child is ready to begin potty training), we will approach you to discuss a plan together. It is very important that parents work effectively with us when we all decide to go forward with potty training. If we are all on the same page, the process is much more effective. Although children do not have to be potty trained to move into the next classroom, it is very helpful if the children are at least working on potty training before they transition into the Owl Room.

121 West Foster Street Melrose, Massachusetts 02176 - Telephone 781.662.6539