Two-year-olds are constantly in motion and they use their natural curiosity for hands-on discovery. Two’s need a rich learning environment that develops their cognitive skills and expands their vocabulary. By this stage in their development, routines and schedules become a big part of a child’s day. This promotes stability and security.
Potty training is a familiar theme with parents of a two-year-old. With this in mind, the PBCA staff will partner with the parents to help reinforce efforts being taken at home to potty train their child. Please keep in mind that one of the criteria to enter the three-year-old program is to be 100% potty-trained.
The Creative Curriculum serves as the framework for conducting the PBCA two-year-old program. Learning Environment Centers are introduced in the two-year-old classroom and include: Bible time, circle time, dramatic play, art center, blocks, fine motor skills, music, and a book/literacy area. Every child will participate in activities that are socially, physically, intellectually, and psychologically age appropriate. Children learn through action, exploration, and play. Our skilled teachers are adept at turning playtime into learning activities. New items are periodically introduced to facilitate a better understanding of the classroom’s weekly focus.
Extra-curricular activities include but are not limited to: chapel, physical education, music and movement, art, library, story time sessions, science/discovery classes, and Spanish.
- Low student to teacher ratio.
- Supportive, nurturing, and professional care in a Christ-centered environment.
- Monthly thematic activities purposely designed to engage and enrich the child’s natural curiosity.
- Focus on learning concepts appropriate for the age group.
- Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep parents informed about their child’s day.
Criteria to enter a 2 Year Old Program
- Children must be two years old before September 1st of the year entering the program.
- All immunizations must be current.
Beginning in our two-year-old program, Spanish, music, library, art and physical education will be offered on a weekly basis. PBCA's in house fine arts teachers will introduce each of these fine arts at an age appropriate level that builds throughout the year.
This is the year when we begin assisting you with potty training your child. Below are some helpful tips we have found help make the transition a smoother one. Please do not hesitate in coming to us if you have any further questions or need further clarification.
Things you can do at home:
- Start reading potty books and talking about going potty in the big potty.
- Have them sit on the potty during natural transition times (before and after meals, before and after naps, before diaper changes, before bath time).
What to do during training:
- Children should wear easy on and off pants during training, and no onesies.
- Pull-ups are a transition item from diaper to underwear. Once pull ups stay dry for an extended amount of time then we can try underwear with a pull up over it.
- Keep communication open with teachers as to how potty training is progressing at home.
What to expect:
- Sometimes children regress with potty training after they first start.
- Children may become fully potty trained at home before they are ready at school.
- Treats are a good incentive for potty training, please bring in something your child would like (gummies, small M&M’s, stickers, stamps, etc.)
Characteristics of a potty trained child:
- Able to indicate to an adult the need to go potty and/or is able to respond when asked to use the bathroom.
- Able to effectively pull down their own clothes and undergarments and then pull them up again after they have gone to the bathroom.
- Able to assist with the changing of their clothes if a potty accident should occur, which from time to time, may happen while napping.
To abide by Health Department guidelines and in order to maintain a sanitary classroom environment, children who are consistently having accidents must remain in a diaper at school.
We look forward to partnering with you this year and assisting you and your child on this next journey in their lives.
Fruits: Cut to Bite Size
Orange (peeled & sectioned)
Blueberries or Raspberries
Meats: Cut to Bite Size
Rolled Meats & Cheese
Veggies: Cut to Bite Size
Well-cooked diced Carrots
Cooked Potato Cubes
Cooked Zucchini or Squash
Cooked Asparagus Tips
Well-cooked Broccoli Florets
Hot (Thermos) or Cold: Cut to Bite Size
Macaroni & Cheese
Ziti or Rotini Pasta
Rice & Beans
Pasta Noodles (w/ sauce)
Pasta or Potato Salad
Bagels (w/ Cream Cheese)
Toasts w/ All-Fruit Spread
Sandwiches: Cut to Bite Size
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Peanut Butter & Banana
Peanut Butter & Honey
Tuna, Chicken & Egg Salad
Miscellaneous: Cut to Bite Size if Needed
Cheese (slices, sticks or cubes)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Fabulous Finger Foods by Sally Kuzemchak, R.D. in the October 2006 issue Parent Magazine
**Some of the items that are listed came from this article