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Our Twos Program

When children are two, everything around them is so exciting, they need to be able to touch and closely examine objects to find out how to use them. Words from songs begin to have to have meaning, communication further develops, and every experience is an adventure. At Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy locations, we believe that this stage of development is wonderful. And, there is no better place to safely explore and develop than our 2 year old preschool classrooms! Our teacher’s’ goal is to provide new opportunities for children to explore and develop learning habits while also providing them a safe environment in which to do so.

Curriculum for the Twos Program

twos program - 2 year old preschool at Ivy PrepSince at this age interest can be lost as quickly as it is brought on, it is important to offer variety when it comes to toys, songs, games, and other activities. With this in mind, our B.A. Curriculum (Baby Academics), offers toddlers additional enhancement programs. Furthermore, our instructors understand that all children may learn in different ways. So, we aim to provide a number of different strategies to learning. For example, while one child may benefit from learning to count using a book about numbers, another child may learn about numbers by actively counting objects. So, our curriculum for the 2 year old preschool program strives to include a mixture of audio, visual, and physical learning strategies so all children may benefit and meet learning goals.

Keeping Track of Your Child’s Learning

While we understand children may learn differently, we do believe that with the right teaching strategies, all children should meet learning goals set from the beginning of the program. And, to keep track of these goals and accomplishments, our instructors keep a rubric of your child’s progress and activities. These rubrics grade children on social development, learning adaptation, communication skills, physical health, and cognition. Providing a report and continuously tracking your child will not only help our instructors make sure they’re doing their jobs effectively but will keep you up to speed on your child’s progress in every aspect of learning.

Tracking Your Child’s Social Development

Developing social cues and recognizing words is a big part of learning for a two-year-old. So, our rubric includes some expectations for social development. Some ways we determine if children are effectively developing socially is to measure:

  • How a child responds to adults’ verbal greetings
  • That a child shows awareness of others’ feelings.
  • That a child is able to sustain play with caregiver/peers
  • If a child is able to repeat actions many times to cause the desired effect
  • That a child attempts to complete basic daily living tasks
  • How a child responds to requests for action
  • That the child can point to and can name at least two body parts when asked
  • That a child can signal needs with sounds or motions

Tracking How Your Child is Developing Learning Skills

While a program for a two-year-old may differ much from an older child’s curriculum, it’s still important that the desire for learning is instilled at a young age. And, this is a big part of our 2 year old preschool program. So, we track how your child may react to learning and various methods which instill learning by measuring:

  • If a child shows interest in wanting to perform self-help skills
  • If a child directs attention towards objects by reaching, grasping, or staring at them
  • Whether a child focuses on reader or storyteller for brief periods of time
  • If a child displays recognition and excitement about game or toys from the previous day
  • How a child applies knowledge to new situations
  • If a child tracks people and objects by moving head as they move

Tracking the Development of Effective Communication

Two is the age when individuals start to recognize and memorize words and phrases. So, it’s important to track that your child is developing communication skills on track with others his/her own age. To track communication in our 2 year old preschool classrooms, we record:

  • If a child uses 8-10 understandable words in home language
  • That a child has a receptive vocabulary of over 50 words
  • If a child can combine words and gestures
  • That a child uses some pronouns
  • If a child can change volume and pitch to convey meaning
  • Whether a child points to words in a book or not
  • How a child shows preference for certain books
  • If a child shows pleasure when read to
  • If a child makes marks on paper with crayons/markers
  • How a child experiments with grasp when using a variety of writing tools

Measuring Your Child’s Physical Health

twos program - 2 year old preschool at Ivy PrepWe want to make sure that all children are physically developing the way they are expected. So, to determine that your child is developing physically like those around him/her, we measure if:

  • A child stoops or squats to explore things on the ground
  • The child consistently reaches for toys, objects, and bottles with both hands
  • A child can turn pages of large book
  • The child coordinates eye and hand movements
  • A child initiates active play
  • If a child attempts new gross and fine motor activities
  • The child assists with hand washing

Measuring Your Child’s Mental Development

To make sure children are cognitively developing the way they need, our instructors track:

  • Whether a child begins to demonstrate to repeat actions many times to cause the desired effect
  • If a child can imitate behavior seen in another place and time
  • If a child uses objects as intended
  • Whether a child understands how familiar objects are used in combination with one another
  • If a child can imitate rote counting using some names of numbers
  • How a child explores measuring tools
  • If a child recognizes the beginning and end of an activity

Ivy Prep Locations Which Offer the Twos Program