Our toddler program is warm and welcoming, just like our space! Toddler tables and chairs, as well as age-appropriate colorful centers, encourage independence and bring out the joy in learning. Independence and self-esteem are skills children are exploring in a big way at this point in life, so our teachers provide responsive individual attention as your child deals with all kinds of experiences. Our caring staff is there to help children work through the many different emotions brought on throughout the day and encourage them to express their feelings.
Our curriculum takes advantage of the rapid growth of gross and fine motor skills at this stage of development. We follow an integrated curriculum, combining thematic units with language, art, drama, music, math, science, and Jewish holidays.
It’s a fully immersive program where learning happens organically by experience. Jewish and secular music in the classroom helps children connect with different themes and during discovery time, the kids can explore their interests through learning. Storytime and Art breed imagination and help develop individual expression and self-confidence. We love circle time for connecting and it eases transition, while snack time and outdoor play sharpens fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
We’ve created smaller classes so the children can receive the attention they deserve. The small class sizes allow us to provide a more positive experience for children that are transitioning into preschool.
At 2-3 years of age, a child will grow from a dependent toddler and become an even more independent preschooler! Our program aims to arm your child with real life skills by offering a variety of lessons to offer them gentle direction and the confidence to achieve their true potential. The learning centers will challenge the child; physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. Children will be able to test their own skills by engaging in both child-initiated and teacher directed activities.
Our programs emphasize these key developmental areas:
Chai Tots follows the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core. It is organized into five broad developmental and interrelated domains. The five distinct, yet highly interrelated domains provide the structure for the New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core.
This means that we explore the five core themes in development, which are our approach to learning, physical development, social emotional development, communication or language, and cognitive knowledge and how to apply their skills in a real way.
Our goal is to encourage all students to engage in every part of our day, to fully experience it all and learn in a more organic and authentic way.
Exploring talents and natural ability through the arts and learning is a key factor in developing lasting self-esteem and confidence. We believe every child is unique and we love seeing their journey of self-discovery through learning and imagination.