Beginning The Journey
The Toddlers and Twos Programs at Stonebrook Day School in Murfreesboro is one which embodies principles of the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Children are seen as competent, capable and confident individuals within a collaborative body of community learners. Learning is brought to life and made visible. Throughout the day, children are exposed to enriching, open-ended materials that stimulate creativity, problem solving, independence, and confidence. They engage in social interactions with their peers which, in turn, foster and develop their sense of self and their discovery of others. Much of the focus is on self-help and social-emotional skills, both of which are important foundations for preschool and beyond.
Our Toddler 1 Child Care Program is designed to meet the needs of the younger toddlers 12 months to 18 months old. Since most Toddlers at this age are developing their gross and fine motor skills we provide an environment that stimulates and allows them to engage in activities that encourage the development of these skills. Our teachers provide the interaction the toddlers need and crave at this age and encourage them to walk, explore and use their sensory skills. With smaller group ratios you can guarantee that your child will get the one on one care they desire along with the group setting that helps implement their social skills.
The Infant and Toddler 1 Child Care programs at Stonebrook Day School are Baby Signs® Program certified. Baby signing has been shown to help the infants and toddlers develop both language and cognitive skills. The Baby Signs® Program is based on the groundbreaking research which began an international movement to teach hearing babies to use signs. After 20 years of careful study, researchers proved that using signs actually enhances language, cognitive, and social-emotional development.
Our Toddler 2 Child Care Program is structured for the older toddlers 18 months to 24 months of age. Our classroom is developed to give our Toddlers an opportunity to explore their surroundings, fine tune their motor skills and develop confidence in themselves as well as in their environment. We begin introducing our academic program through teacher initiated provocations and explorations, which encourages independence and creativity. Our teachers offer a wide variety of hands on activities, individual and group projects. Since toddler classroom ratios are small it offers more individual teacher to student time as well as the encouragement of a group setting as they continue to develop their social skills, through group play.
“I just want to send a note to say how thankful I am to have the teachers at Stonebrook in our lives. On hectic Monday mornings (or every morning…) it means so much to walk into a welcoming, nurturing, and loving environment. Leaving my babies is a daily struggle but knowing they are being loved, taught, guided, and kept safe by great teachers makes it easier. It really does take a “village” and we are so thankful Stonebrook is our village.” —Kim G.
Our Twos preschool teachers build on our program with hundreds of different learning activities that foster language and communication, cognitive skills, creativity, gross- and fine-motor skills, critical thinking skills, and personal and social skills which they work in to the children’s explorations.
In our 2-year old classroom, we have time for music, art, dancing, stories, and games. We have a time to stretch our muscles and imaginations either inside or outside with large motor activities. Naps are also part of the children’s day.
Potty training is a very important part of the life of your two-year-old, thus, it is integrated into each of our Twos preschool classroom schedules. Teachers work with children to understand their bodies and how to listen to the needs of their bodies. In addition, teachers partner with parents on this very important journey! Hand washing is also stressed throughout the day, another important self help skill.
Daily reports are available for parents at pick-up time, as well as oodles of artistic creations that you can decorate with on your refrigerator, walls, and workspace!
We provide Stonebrook families a private secure web site where they can review weekly classroom blogs that feature lots of photos and videos of the children with teacher comments.