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Toddler Program

toddler program at palm beach christian academyIn their quest for independence, toddlers are developing many new skills – walking, talking, and discovering what they can do. Their sense of discovery needs to be encouraged while developing language skills through investigative, meaningful learning experiences.

Our toddler teachers at the Palm Beach Christian Academy are qualified professionals. Toddler Rooms are probably the most energetic of all classrooms. In a loving and nurturing Christ-centered environment our, teachers keep a close watch as they help each child grow and explore.

The Toddler Classroom’s emphasis is on a more unified classroom schedule. Toddler teachers know, for toddlers to feel comfortable, happy, safe, and secure they require consistency on a day-to-day basis. With that in mind, our Toddler Staff sets age-appropriate classroom schedules, with the learning curriculum starting each morning at 9:00 AM. The toddler will follow set routines and will quickly acclimate to the daily schedule.

The Creative Curriculum for Infants & Toddlers and High Reach Learning serves as the framework for planning and implementing a high-quality program. Based on a monthly theme, the PBCA Toddler Staff plans age-appropriate activities that allow hands-on experiences for toddlers. Some of the activities used in the classroom include story time, books, finger plays, art activities, music, and songs. Through both the Creative Curriculum and High Reach Learning, toddlers will learn about body awareness, self-concept, language skills, and reasoning skills, along with number, shape and color recognition and the world around them.

A second language for toddlers is offered as Basic Sign Language which is taught to supplement and enhance verbal language skills.

Program Features

  • Low student to teacher ratio
  • Caring and nurturing professional care in a Christ-centered environment
  • Developmentally appropriate activities, playtime and learning daily
  • Focus on sensory exploration, and developing language and communication skills.
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents to stay informed about your child’s day

Criteria to enter a Toddler Program

  1. Toddlers must be between 13-24 months old
  2. All age appropriate immunizations must be current

FAQs: Toddlers 

Do you have any tips on potty training?

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 on the big potty.
  • Have them sit on the potty during natural transition times (before and after meals, before and after a nap, 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.).

We look forward to partnering with you this year and assisting you and your child on this next journey in their lives.

Do you have any suggestions on foods to send for snack and/or lunch?

Fruits: Cut to Bite Size

Apple Slices
Bananas
Grapes
Melon
Peaches
Pears
Pineapple
Tropical
Orange (Peeled & sectioned)

Hot (Thermos) or Cold: Cut to Bite Size

Muffins
Cereals
Crackers
Macaroni & Cheese
Ravioli
Sandwiches
Ziti
Pizza Rolls
Chef Boyardee
Chili
Rice & Beans
Pasta Noodles (w/ or w/o sauce)
Pasta or Potato Salad
Bagels w/ or w/o Cream Cheese

Veggies: Cut to Bite Size

Beans
Carrots
Corn Kernels
Green Beans
Mixed Vegetables
Peas
Potatoes
Tomatoes
Veggie Salad

Sandwiches: Cut to Bite Size

Peanut Butter & Jelly
Peanut Butter & Banana
Peanut Butter & Honey
Grilled Cheese
Wrap
Tuna, Chicken & Egg Salad

Meats: Cut to Bite Size

Chicken/Nuggets
Ham
Hot Dog
Meat Sticks
Meat Balls
Turkey
Fish/Fish Sticks
Cubed Chicken
Sushi
Rolled Meats & Cheese
Lunchables
Pizza

Miscellaneous: Cut to Bite Size if Needed

Yogurt/Gogurt
Cheese (slices, sticks or cubes)
Applesauce/Pouches
Cereal Bars
Granola Bars
Rice Cakes
Jell-O Cups
Pretzels
Hard Boiled Eggs

Do you have any tips on weaning my child from the pacifier?

How to Wean a Baby Off Pacifiers
By Maggie McCormick, eHow Contributor www.ehow.com

  1. Restrict pacifier use to bedtime only. Don’t let your child have a pacifier in their mouth during the daytime when they’re playing. Instead, only let them have the pacifier when they’re sleeping for comfort.
  2. Dip the pacifier in something that has a bad taste. This could be something like coffee, vinegar, etc. When your child puts it in their mouth, they won’t like the taste.
  3. Cut a small bit off of the pacifier making it less desirable to suck. But some children just like having something in their mouth. If this is the case with your child, you can gradually cut more off until there’s nothing left to put in their mouth.
  4. Replace the pacifier with something different for comfort. You may need to train them to receive comfort in a different way.
  5. Take the pacifier away. After reducing the time of use of the pacifier and helping them find a new lovey, you can take the pacifier away completely.

Every child is different. Some will have an easy time letting it go. For other children, this will be a challenge. However you decide to wean your child off the pacifier, keep in mind that the easiest time to do this would be a Friday evening so that they have 3 nap periods and 3 bedtimes to practice before doing this at school.