Two Year old Class
This class is designed for children who are 2 years old at the start of the school year. For the 2016-2017 school year, children in this class should have been born between September 11, 2013 and September 10th, 2014. For the 2017-2018 school year, children in this class should have been born between September 11, 2014 and September 10th, 2015.
• Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 am to noon
• Class is limited to 8 children.
• Parents participate in classroom on a rotating bases depending on the number of children enrolled.
Cost: $95 per month
The school year begins with a gentle transition from homelife. EKC’s goal is to help each child feel safe and comfortable being with someone outside of their family, possibly for the first time. As a child becomes more comfortable in the environment we work on group play, taking turns, personal space, and expressing feelings. In autumn, animals and humans are storing up food for a long winter ahead. Our circle time, stories, puppetry and group activities are based on this theme and create opportunities to gather and count. Winter brings opportunities to think about caring for our bodies and practicing independence in the form of knowing what to wear when Jack Frost is out and working on putting snowpants, boots, jackets, hats and mittens on in the correct order (and with little help). Spring brings growing and the children are introduced to some of the games and verses they will share next year in the 3 year old class.
Two Year Old Class Daily Schedule
During this time children have a chance to practice healthy interactions with assistance from the teacher and the parent helper. Imaginative play is helpful for children to work through developmental stages and questions that arise in their lives.
|Clean up||Children practice taking responsibility for the toys they have been enjoying by helping with cleanup.|
|Circle||This is a time to come together and share in the celebration of the season through movement, songs and games.|
|Handwashing||This is a time for children to practice taking care of their bodies and an opportunity to act independently.|
|Snack time||While eating, the children learn good manners, passing skills, pouring skills and clearing their dishes from the table.|
|Outside play||This is a wonderful time for the children to expand and play together in the fresh air. Children are encouraged to learn and practice gross motor skills as well as interacting with others.|
|Creative Learning||This is a time to work on practical skills and explore topics of interest to the class. Children are given opportunities to practice tasks such as cutting, using glue, mixing, measuring, painting and seasonal creative art, all of which promote fine and gross motor skills and optimize learning.|
|Story time||This is a time to come together again, giving the children an opportunity to practice quiet focus.|
|Goodbye circle||Children find comfort in closure with their friends. This allows them to transition to the next part of their day.|
Our meal blessing
Blessing on the flowers
Blessing on the fruit
Blessing on the leaves and stems
Blessing on the roots
Thank you, (parent helper).
Goals for the 2 year old class:
- Create a rhythm for each day.
- Form healthy relationships with adults other than parent/guardian.
- Expand verbal skills by interacting with adults, listening to stories and singing.
- Learn to include other children in play.
- Cooperate in short circle times.
- Dress one’s self.
- Finger plays, songs and stories to explore colors, parts of the body, numbers, shapes, and the alphabet (using the Zoophonics curriculum)
At EKC, we believe that children learn best when what they are learning is immediately applicable in their day to day world. Because of this belief, we organize our curriculum around the seasons we experience in Montana. In each of the seasons, we focus on the activities and themes outlined below.
- Harvesting, gathering, abundance and coming together.
- Pumpkins, apples and corn
- Field trips to a local farm
- Exploring more and less
- The color red
- The sun, light and dark
- Warmth and independence
- Giving and receiving
- The color blue
- The color yellow
- Looking for birds
- New buds and growing plants
About our teacher, Dulcie Belanger
As a preschool educator, mother, nanny, art teacher, outdoor camp facilitator, Dulcie has worked with children for 26 years. She believes that plenty of play and outdoor experience makes for a happy, confident and healthy child. She shares her love of art and nature with young children by creating opportunities along side their peers to recognize, explore and appreciate the rhythm of the seasons.
Dulcie is currently working on an Early Childhood Waldorf Teacher Certification through the Micha-el Institute. She received a BFA in ceramics from the University of Montana before starting a family of her own in Choteau and eventually moving to Hamilton.