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2 Year Old Class

Two Year old Class

This class is designed for children who are 2 years old at the start of the school year.  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.

Free play

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.

    Autumn

  • Harvesting, gathering, abundance and coming together.
  • Pumpkins, apples and corn
  • Field trips to a local farm
  • Exploring more and less

    Winter

  • The sun, light and dark
  • Warmth and independence
  • Giving and receiving
  • Cold, snow and ice

    Spring

  • Looking for birds
  • New buds and growing plants
  • Field trips to a local farm

About our teacher, Brittany McKenzie

Brittany has spent much of her life working with young children as a preschool teacher, home visitor, behavior consultant, program administrator, au pair, and mother.  She believes that young children learn best through playing, doing, and experiencing the world around them and that the first years of life create a strong foundation for success. She loves to weave literacy, math, science, nature, and building social and emotional skills into activities that spark each child’s creativity, sense of wonder, and foster a strong sense of self-worth and belonging.

Brittany holds a BA in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Special Education emphasis) from the University of Montana.  As a child, she developed a strong love of nature exploring the mountains, rivers, lakes and trails around Bozeman Montana.   She continues to explore the world around her and the beautiful Bitterroot valley with her husband, son, and black lab.