Two Year Old Program
Our 2 Year Old Program is a great introduction to school. Parents/adults have the unique opportunity to watch the children begin to grow through school-related experiences.
This program is designed to help children develop a positive attitude toward the school environment and to encourage children’s independence from their parent/adult by participating in teacher-directed activities.
Goals and Objectives
As your child begins their scholastic adventure, we realize that socialization is one of the most important skills learned in early childhood. In the Little Seedlings program, the teachers guide the children in activities that promote self-awareness and positive self-image. They also focus on developing awareness of feelings of others and the importance of sharing. The children have the benefit of experiencing their first teacher-directed activities with the comfort of a parent/adult in the room. The exposure to routines and listening and following directions helps the transition to future classrooms.
This is your child’s first opportunity to explore their environment in a school setting. The children are encouraged to experiment and discover using their senses to observe the weather, look for hidden objects, and listen to directions. The children practice name and letter recognition each class with super-star activities. In addition, our teachers promote development of self-help skills through age appropriate activities, such as crafts, puzzles, and sorting games that result in a sense of achievement.
Development of gross motor skills is extremely important in early childhood. Mastery of gross motor skills, including running, jumping, and hopping, is essential for further development of fine motor skills, such as cutting and writing. Our teachers help facilitate the development and coordination of gross motor skills through daily circle activities. During class, children are encouraged to discover joy in movement while being aware of limits and safety factors, and to demonstrate expressive growth through movement.
Sample Daily Schedule
9:30-10:00 AM Free Play:
Explore, play, share and interact with others
10:00-10:05 AM Clean-up:
Experience cooperation and become aware that everything has its place
10:05-10:20 AM Circle Time:
Welcome, music and movement songs and activities, stories, finger plays and simple learning experiences, for example: seasons, holidays, shapes and colors, name, letter and number recognition
10:20-10:30 AM Fine Motor:
Simple thematic craft activities for the children to experience and feel good about their creations
10:35-10:45 AM Snack:
Socialization of sharing time, for example: each child will take a turn to bring and share a snack with the other children
10:45-11:00 AM Gross Motor:
Outdoor play or indoor movement activities if inclement weather
Learning Tree Preschool is a non-profit, integrated auxiliary of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank. We are an Early Childhood Learning Center licensed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, and Bureau of Licensing. Learning Tree Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, or disability in the processes of admissions, educational programs or employment.