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Manheim Central School District

(717) 574-2301

Our Toddler / Twos Program

“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.” -Dr. Maria Montessori

Each toddler is treated as a unique individual, encouraged to exercise their growing autonomy and expanding language in carefully prepared, safe, and orderly surroundings. Our planned environment space promotes exploration, independence, order, and freedom of choice and movement.  It is carefully designed with defined learning areas, and open to allow plenty of room for social interaction and activities required for the toddler's growth and brain development.

At Bright Horizons, we love the “No!” attitude of toddlers and twos because it’s an assertion of autonomy that leads to new developmental opportunities like increased body control and expression of feelings. Only when children feel a sense of personal power (“I can affect things”) are they ready to move to the next critical task of realizing a sense of competence (“I can achieve things”). As active learners and problem-solvers, children develop genuine confidence and a sense of who they are in the world.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are our families.

"We would like to thank everyone at Bright Horizons for everything you have done for Lilly and our family in the last year. She came to your school as this small toddler and we are proud at how she has developed into this child who enjoys learning and believes in fair play. At Bright Horizons, it has been just the type of education we would have wanted for her."

Our Curriculum Components

“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori

  • Practical Life Exercises such as pouring, sweeping, buttoning, and setting the table, are opportunities for children to learn to care for themselves and their environment. Daily lessons of grace and courtesy help toddlers learn about sharing and being considerate of others.
  • Aids to Independence Activities are provided to help children gain independence and develop the powers of focus and concentration, along with fine and gross motor movement.
  • Sensorial Sensory experiences are designed to facilitate hand-eye coordination, small muscle control, and spatial relationships.
  • Language During this sensitive period for language, toddlers learn to express themselves with words, to expand their vocabulary, and to develop a love of literature. This is also the perfect time to introduce a sequenced foundation of literacy skills in both small groups and individually.
  • Peace Peace lessons give toddlers the skills to work through anger and frustration in a positive way, while encouraging tolerance, cooperation, and respect for others.
  • Art Toddlers experiment with many different art mediums and are encouraged to focus on educational gains learned through the process, not the product.
  • Outdoor Environment Our outdoor spaces are a natural extension of the classroom where children can dig, rake, climb, and practice large muscle control. Outdoor environments allow freedom to explore and express.
  • Foreign Language Children acquire new languages most naturally at this age, as all languages simply contribute to their word bank.
  • Music During the toddler phase of brain development, music is another “language” that stimulates mathematical ability, vocabulary acquisition, and speaking skills. From early exposure to music, music appreciation and rhythm sense develop naturally.

Learning at Home

Thank You Cards

You Will Need:

Paper or cards, pens, paper or old magazines to make collages, etc.

Directions:

Explain to your child why thank you cards are important and have him participate as much as possible in making and sending them. He can glue paper on the front of the card, draw a picture, or make a few scribbles. It's the thought and the effort that are important Say things like, “We need to send Grandma a card to thank her for your birthday present”; “What do you want to tell her about it?”; “What do you enjoy/like about the present?”; “Can you draw a picture of yourself playing with the present?”; “How did you feel when you opened the package?”; “What can you say that will make her feel happy?” If your child is older, he may want to make his own cards, either on the computer or with construction paper.

Tip:

Model behavior you want to see from your child -- let him see you writing thank you cards, too..


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