Pre-K-2 Program

In our 2s Program, we help your child adjust to a classroom setting, learn how to play with others and improve communication skills.

At 2 years of age, children should begin to demonstrate increasing self-awareness and self-regulation, improved use of coping skills, interaction with peers and adults, and sharing of feelings.

They should be able to play alongside other children and develop awareness of their feelings. They should engage in conversation, understand questions and answer them, and learn to demonstrate active listening.

They will become aware of spoken language and recognize that symbols have meaning. They will participate in imitative reading and show interest in concepts such as matching and sorting.

They also will begin showing improved hand-eye coordination.

A Sample Morning for Our 2’s Program

The child arrives and is greeted by the teacher at the door. Together, they walk to the classroom, where the child washes hands and is offered breakfast.

After breakfast, the children gather for Circle Time. They sing their Good Morning song; learn about shapes, colors and the weather; and discuss the letter of the day. A is for apple!

Adjust to a Classroom Setting

Learn How to Play With Others

Improve Communications Skills

“I can barely get my child to wave goodbye to me at drop-off—she is just too excited and happy to see her teachers and runs into the building every morning!.”

Pre-K-2 Parent

Activities to Try At Home

Here are activities we use and encourage parents to reinforce at home:

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Encourage Independence

Ask your child if s/he wants to try to do something himself before offering to do it for her/him.
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Conflict Resolution

Model for the child words to help her/him resolve his conflicts, such as, “May I have a turn?” or “I’m sorry.”
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Turn-Taking

Encourage cooperative play by structuring turn-taking.
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Empathetic Behavior

Model empathetic behavior, such as comforting a child who is sad, and then let the child practice.
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Two-Step Tasks

Ask simple questions and give two-step directions, checking for comprehension.
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Listen

Listen to and answer your child’s questions.
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Increase Vocabulary

Describe your actions out loud as you do them.
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Sing Songs

Sing simple songs, and say rhymes and fingerplays frequently.
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Make Time to Read

Encourage the child to sit with you while you read to her/him at least once a day.
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Create Interest

Point out interesting pictures and ask the child to point to the pictures that go with what you are
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Word Association

Ask your child to tell you about her/his drawing, and ask if you can write her/his words on her/his paper.
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Color Games

Play with the color names of objects as you pick the objects up to put them away. “I will pick up all of the green ones, you pick up the red ones.”
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Counting Games

Count and use numbers when talking about objects.
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Cognitive Play-Learning

Provide a variety of materials such as large beads and fish tank tubing, shape sorters, puzzles, sidewalk chalk, and puppets.
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Discovery & Play

Provide play dough first without tools, then add a few items.
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Encourage Play

Encourage the child to try new activities and skills.