Classroom Guides - 2A (New Berlin)
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Welcome to 2A!
My name is Kelly Kroman. I have been in the Early Childhood field for 17 years now. I have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from WCTC. I am married and I have a son named Gordon. In my spare time, I like traveling to Nascar races.
Hi there! My name is Rachel and I have been with Learning Edge since July 2015. I have lived overseas for the majority of my life in a country called Tajikistan where my parents were humanitarian aid workers for 14 years. When I returned to the USA I met my husband in college, and we now have our own daughter who will be 6 this year. I have worked with children of all ages since I was young, and have loved every moment of it! I most recently moved from Indiana where I was working as an Assistant Teacher at The School of Early Learning in Auburn. It is an honor to dedicate my time to the social, emotional, and intellectual development of each child that walks in the classroom door.
Things you will Need for the First Day!
Please make sure you have:
- Photo of your child for his/her emergency card
- Two (2) extra set of clothes (season appropriate, includes socks & underwear)
- Blanket (for cot)
- Diapers and wipes
- Art Smock (old t-shirt is fine)
- Winter: coat, hat, waterproof mittens, snow pants, and boots
- Fall/Spring: coat, boots (if muddy outside)
- Summer: sunscreen, swimmer bottoms, water shoes or extra shoes or sandals (for water play outside)
Please label everything with your child's name or initials!!
If I want it, it's mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it's mine.
If I can take it away from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.
|7:00-7:30||Children's Choice of Activities|
|8:00-8:30||Learning Centers & Music|
|8:30-8:45||Clean Up & Diapering |
|8:45-9:00||Story Time & Group Time|
|9:30-10:00||Morning Snack & Socializing|
|10:00-10:30||Art or Sensory Table (Diapering)|
|11:00-11:30||Outside or Gross Motor (if inside)|
|11:30-12:00||Time for Lunch|
|12:00-12:30||Lunch, Clean Up & Diapering|
|12:30-3:00||Nap / Quiet Time|
|3:00-3:15||Wake Up & Begin Diapering|
|3:30-4:00||Finish Diapering & Children's Choice|
|4:00-4:30||Outside or Gross Motor Activities|
|5:00-5:30||Learning Centers - Small Groups|
|5:30||Two A combines with Two B|
|5:30-6:00||Stories & Music|
All times and activities are subject to change depending on children's interests and time needed to complete projects. Diapering is also done on individual needs.
Potty training can be a very stressful time for parents and teachers. That is why I decided to have this handout ready for when parents ask me what my views are on the topic.
Girls are usually ready to start by the time they are 2 ½ (sometimes even before). Boys on the other hand usually aren't ready until after the age 2 ½ (most not until 3). Every child is different, so I have a few guidelines I follow to make sure they are ready.
- The child's diapers are staying dry for more than 2 hours at a time.
- The child can pull his or her own pants up and down with little or no assistance.
- The child has good verbal skills to know what it means to go potty and say "potty".
- The child often wakes up dry from naps or sometimes is dry in the morning too.
If you answered yes to all of these questions, your child may be ready!
You say you love your children and are concerned they learn today.
So am I. That's why I'm providing a variety of kinds of play.
You're asking me the value of blocks and other such play?
Your daughter's creating a tower... She may be a builder some day.
You're asking what's the value of having your child play?
Your children are solving problems... They use that skill every day!
You're saying you don't want your son to play in the "sissy" way.
He's learning to cuddle a doll... He may be a father some day.
You're questioning the interest centers, they look like useless play?
Your children are making choices... They'll be on their own some day.
You're worried your children aren't learning, and later they have to pay?
They're learning a pattern for learning... For they'll be learners every day.
Leila P. Fagg
Goals for 2 Year Olds
Our "small but special" goals are learning to: drink from a cup, use a fork and spoon, say "please" and "thank you", be patient with our friends, give "soft" touches, object identification, put away toys and wipe up spills.
- Walks on tiptoe
- Balances on balance board momentarily, with both feet
- Holds crayon with thumb and fingers, not fist
- Enjoys listening to simple storybooks and requests them to be repeated
- Labels common objects and pictures
- Joins vocabulary words together in 2 to 3 word phases
- 300-400 words in vocabulary
- Knows concepts of one, many and more
- Can talk briefly about what he or she is doing
- Understands number concepts, like ordination
- Uses classification (a cat is an animal)
- Takes off and dresses self, specifically their coat
- Washes and dries hands with assistance
- Uses objects symbolically
- Participates in simple group activities, games, songs
- Knows gender