Toddler 1 Program

The Toddler 1 program is the next step in your child's development. Here they will begin to explore, interact, and build lifelong skills. Your child will begin to experience structured activities, free choice, and group and individual activities. The Toddler 1 program is the first part of the two-year toddler program. Creative Kids Club provides diapers, wipes, nap time cots, books, toys, an AM and PM snack, and a daily lunch as part of the child's tuition.

By completion of the Toddler 1 program the children will learn the following skills…

12 to 18 Months

Emotional Development
Express feelings and emotions in behavior and language
Recognize emotions in others
Use play to express emotions and resolve conflicts
Begin to understand and learn right from wrong
Expand independence
Social Development
Begin to understand only their own viewpoint (egocentric)
Develop a concept of self
Enjoy playing games, but mostly engage in parallel play
The child will occasionally share
Use a variety of behaviors to gain attention
Act differently towards different people
Physical Development
Gross Motor
Begin to walk alone
Child will be able to raise self to a standing position
Execute climbing up and down the stairs and over objects with assistance
Catch, throw, and roll a ball
Fine Motor
Use fine motor skills that enable child to use thumb against fingers to grasp objects and be able to reach objects accurately
Begin to show hand preference
Execute carrying and exchanging objects from hand to hand
Use fine motor skills that enable the child to scribble marks on paper with a crayon
Perform simple motor skills for feeding themselves using 'sippy cup', spoon and fingers
Cognitive Development
Demonstrate pointing to objects with finger
Visually scan an area for interesting stimuli
Express food likes and dislikes
Investigate basic cause and effect reasoning
Experiment by using trial and error to solve problems
Explore various ways things happen in their environment
Copy the behaviors on others around them
Observe an object being moved or taken away
Reading Readiness
Indentify familiar pictures
Respond to word and gesture conversation
Understand and respond to many questions/commands that child is unable to say yet
Use word approximations for some words
Use words in immediate context
Imitate sounds of other people and objects
Babble sentences and words
Repeat and practice words

18 to 24 Months

Emotional Development
View the internal feelings and external behavior as the same
Show one or more emotions at the same time
Identify and deal with feelings and emotions appropriate to developmental level
Becoming secure in daily routines
Changing feelings about themselves
Fantasies are increasing in child's mind
Social Development
Identifying materials as belonging to oneself
Using pronouns (I, mine, me, and you)
Expanding social relationships
Beginning to be aware of other's feelings
Imitating the tasks of others
Child will share and engage in parallel play
Assisting with tasks of cleaning up
Wanting to help
Physical Development
Gross Motor
Perform simple gymnastics (walking forward, backward, and sideways)
Perform simple motor skills (jumping with both feet, etc.)
Catch, throw, roll, and kick a ball (throw objects at target)
Demonstrate walking up and down the stairs (short series of steps)
Push and pull objects while walking
Demonstrate climbing on and over objects
Fine Motor
Developing finger muscles to grasp and release objects
Perform simple motor skills with control in feeding with a 'sippy cup' and spoon
Increasing wrist flexibility to shovel, scoop, and spoon
Establishing hand preference (right or left)
Make individual marks with a crayon, pencil, or marker
Turn pages of a book
Helping to dress and undress themselves (zipper, snap, and button)
Cognitive Development
Showing interest in or ready for toilet training
Explore various ideas mentally to figure out solutions
Observe an object disappear, mentally remember the object, and figure out where it went
Imitating past events
Using symbolic play to resolve conflicts
Pointing to and labeling objects in environment
Reading Readiness
Using language to reflect own meaning and expect others to have the same meaning
Expanding vocabulary
Developmental Checklist – 12 to 24 Months
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