Age Range: 18 months-3 years
Types of Care Available: Full-Time, part-time, Aftercare, and drop-in care
Information: At this age, we start to see a curiosity about the world blossom and we also see language start to take off. As such, I encourage imaginative play and language learning heavily at this stage of development. The schedule during this stage is a bit firmer but is open to flexibility for the individual.
- Kitchen cabinet filled with plastic containers that the little ones get into
- Toys mostly consist of plastic containers, lids, and simple toys to encourage imagination
- Musical or light up toys are limited to avoid over-stimulation
- Listen to music and sing while playing including educational and religious songs
- Children are allowed to play with everyday household items (such as boxes, paper bags, laundry baskets, etc.) under close supervision to foster imagination and learn to follow directions
- Very supervised outdoor water play
- Closely supervised outdoor time when weather permits
First offense: Warning not to repeat a behavior and inquiry about the needs of the child
Second offense: Time In
Third Offense: A token is removed from their jar
Temper Tantrums will result in an immediate time in until they have calmed down enough to talk about what's upsetting them.
Token Economy: Positive reinforcement for good behavior.
Each time the child does something that we have been working on behaviorally or socially, they will be rewarded with a wooden token to put in their special jar and at the end of the day they have the option of spending their tokens on something from the token store or they can save them for bigger prizes! I stock up on small candies and toys that they can "buy" from the token store and the bigger prizes are things like more expensive toys that I will save for the purpose of letting the children buy them.
I do time in with the kiddos in my home because I find that it helps to calm tantrums faster and correct behavior more effectively if I hold a child in my lap or sit down next to them while coaching them on how to calm themselves down by breathing slowly, talking softly, giving them the words they aren't able to communicate, etc. Time in is not a punishment but rather an opportunity to teach little people how to handle their big emotions and it is also a chance to communicate to them how precious they are.
See the TBRI Page under the 'A
bout' Tab for more info on Time In and my philosophy here.