M-F 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM
At Mt. Elizabeth Academy, the Toddler II Classroom invites older toddlers to a more structured class routine. This allows them to develop an understanding of their day, predictability, and a feeling of security as well as helping to enhance their learning and attention. The Toddler IIs enjoy circle time activities including calendar, weather, counting, story time, and songs. The age-appropriate activities in this classroom promote taking turns, cooperating, sharing, and expressing feelings in an appropriate manner. We continue teaching subjects such as colors, letters, numbers, shapes, and vocabulary to enhance the curricular learning of the children. Our learning approach for toddlers includes a balance of child-directed and teacher-initiated opportunities to guide their exploration of new themes, skills, routines, and language. All Toddler II’s also engage in Spanish lessons and songs. In every classroom, our approach is customized for each individual child across four key areas:
Diaper changes and/or potty training, feedings, rest time, and playtime happen with loving interaction between the toddler and the teacher. Your child’s happiness and comfort is our first priority as we provide you with a safe and secure program.
Toddler II Highlights
Toddler II’s graduate from the classroom with a strong sense of independence and academic awareness. Assistance with potty training is an important preparation for preschool. We also emphasize following two and three step directions while continued vocabulary learning. Oral language is developed as the Toddler II’s start communicating and learning whole sentences and questions.
The Toddlers participate in Circle Time with their teachers. The toddlers interact and socialize with each other daily, while learning from one another as well. From songs to finger plays to art to sensory building activities, the children are always engaged in meaningful lessons and play with the other children around them.
The teachers are nurturing and committed caregivers. This ensures that the toddlers are in a safe and loving environment. The thematic focus in the curriculum helps to provide the toddlers with multiple opportunities to explore and absorb information, develop their five senses, and grow both physically and mentally.
Parents are involved throughout the day with pictures, videos and messages from the teachers using our secure Brightwheel App. Our parents love our seeing their toddler throughout the day and knowing that they are in a loving, caring, and supportive environment.
Two healthy and nutritious meals, as well as two snacks, are included in the cost of tuition. The monthly menu is available online and given to our families at the beginning of the month. The toddlers are welcome to eat breakfast, lunch, and snacks with their class. During mealtime, the teacher breaks down the food into bite-size pieces to make the meal toddler-friendly. Whole milk and water are served with meals and snacks.
The Toddler II Room
Our rooms are equipped with toddler-sized table and chairs, pillows in the book corners, and shelves with appropriate toddler toys and sensory activities. Each child has their own cubby for personal items and naptime cot with a sheet and blanket. Parents provide sippy cups, diapers, wipes, and extra clothes.
Each room offers toddler-specific reading, math, science & sensory, and pretend play learning centers. The classrooms have doors leading to our outside courtyard to enable easy access to our beautiful outdoor space.
A Typical Day at Mt. Elizabeth Academy for Toddler II Students
The First Hour:
The children are welcomed as they arrive and are given the opportunity to choose activities at the various learning centers. This self-directed play invites the children to explore, discover and learn independently with a wide variety of activities and materials. The learning centers include painting, playdough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, water or sand play, dress-up, dramatic areas, books, floor toys and more.
Children wash their hands and join their friends for breakfast. The teachers serve a nutritious breakfast to all the children. Healthy food choices are given to the children such as fruit, vegetables, cereals. (peanut free). The children enjoy milk and water. We do not serve juice.
Following a clean-up routine, the children meet on the carpet for Circle Time. A variety of activities are included which reflect the monthly routines. The activities include stories, songs, puppetry, poems, movement, art, crafts discussions and many other ideas to facilitate learning. Circle time concentrates on 5 areas of development: Language, Literacy, Fine & Gross Motor, Sensory & Science, and Cognitive Learning.
If the weather allows, the children have an active, outdoor play session in our park-like playgrounds. In case of inclement weather, the teachers incorporate gross-motor play through movement activities in our gymnasium, such as dancing, marching, parachute play and more active games.
Lunch/Nap Time/Afternoon Snack:
Catered lunch is delivered to the classrooms. The teachers then serve the meal family style. During this time the teachers stay next to the children and observe encourage their eating habits. Once lunch is finished, the children have their own individual cot on which they rest. Clean cot sheets and blankets are provided. After the children have rested and wake up, each child is given a healthy snack to start their afternoon.
Outdoor/Indoor Play & Story Time:
After snack time, the children have gross motor play time. The teachers take time to read stories, do finger plays, puppets and have interactive sessions with the children. During this time, children also engage in indoor out outdoor play, depending on the weather.
All children attend fine arts classes in our dedicated Fine Arts room. The children enjoy Music, Art, Drama, PE & Yoga throughout the week, not only in their homerooms but during their “Specials Class” in the afternoon.
In addition to this daily schedule, the teachers incorporate special activities like Bible Class, Chapel Class, Spanish, field trips to our nature trail, and Show and Tell. Parents are always invited to volunteer and participate in the classrooms as well as join us on field trips to our onsite nature trail.
(2 yrs- 2 ½ yrs)
Dariel is the Lead Teacher in the Toddler classroom. She has Preschool, Summer Camp, and Afterschool experience with children ages three to eight years old. Most recently, she was a Lead Preschool Teacher at a school in Woodstock. Dariel has been with the Mt. Elizabeth Family since August 2017 and absolutely loves being here! Her passion is getting to see the children every single day and watch them progress and learn. She loves knowing that she is a part of their progress. Her favorite part of the school day is during play time. Play time allows her the time to walk around, speak to, and play with all of the children, individually. She learns new things about them every day. Dariel graduated from Albany State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In 2018, she will continue her education and pursue a Master’s Degree in the field of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Dariel’s favorite children’s book: “I Like Myself”
(2 ½ yrs -3 yrs)
Kristen is the Lead Teacher for the Older Toddler classroom. She has been a toddler teacher for the past seven years. Kristen believes in creating a classroom environment that fosters problem-solving and independence skills, giving children the confidence they need to learn from their environment. She also believes that children learn through play. As a teacher, she creates an environment that allows the children in her class to move about freely. As they “play” she supports them by asking open-ended questions and suggesting new ideas and ways to use manipulates. She also has her A.S. in Early Childhood Education from Chattahoochee Technical College. Kristen loves to look back to the beginning of the year and see how far the children in her class have come, how much they have learned, grew, and matured in the time that they spent with her. Her favorite part of the day is story time.
Kristen’s favorite children’s book: “Dragons Love Tacos”
Mt. Elizabeth Benefits
We are a Christian, faith-based private school.
Specials included with tuition:
- Chapel & Bible Class
- Holiday Celebrations
- Sensory materials
- Four dedicated developmentally-appropriate playgrounds
- On-site nature trails allow ample opportunity for safe outdoor explorations
- Indoor gymnasium lets kids exercise and play on every day of the year, regardless of the weather
- An engaging and rewarding curriculum, designed by on-site Academic Director, Dr. April Anderson
- Mt. Elizabeth Academy’s leadership has a combined 70 of experience and education