Two- & Three-Year-Olds (TTH Classes)
Age Range: 2.0-3.0 years old (as of September 1st)
Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15am-12:00pm. Care available as early as 8:30am until as late as 5:30pm.
Our focus in the first year of school is to help children feel safe and confident away from home and to see school as a place to explore themselves, their relationships, and their world. The initial transition to school is a big step, and our gradual two-day introduction is designed to slowly ease children into a group setting.
Children spend their first two years at The Little School with the same teachers in the same classrooms. This allows them time and space to ease into the school experience at their own pace in a comfortable, familiar, yet evolving environment. Some specific goals we support are:
- Mastering separation
- Being in a group setting with teachers
- Exploring the sensory, physical and symbolic properties of materials
- Making friends
- Finding a meaningful, individual role in a classroom community
The teachers use their skills to entice children to come together as a group. We want children to find their own connections to the school experience, and to find it exciting and meaningful. The schedule for these early classes, like the curriculum, is simple and optional:
- An open-choice period
- A simple clean-up time
- Group music time
- Outdoor Play
As the TTH classes mature and grow together, the focus of the experience shifts towards groups working together. Teachers gently guide the children towards putting small explorations together into sustained activities as they become comfortable in the classroom