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Toddler Program

toddler program at palm beach christian academyIn their quest for independence, toddlers

In 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 they develop language skills through investigative and meaningful learning experiences.

Our toddler teachers at the Palm Beach Christian Academy are qualified professionals. Toddler Rooms are some of the school’s most energetic 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 that toddlers require consistency on a day-to-day basis to feel comfortable, happy, safe, and secure. With that in mind, our Toddler Staff set 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.

Basic Sign Language is offered as a second language for toddlers, 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 daily activities, playtime, and learning.
  • Focus on sensory exploration,developing language, and communication skills.
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep parents informed about their 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 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.)

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

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.