Stepping Stones Program
The goal of our Stepping Stones Program is to introduce the young child to a community where they can explore and develop their independence in a caring and nurturing environment. Children ages 24 to 36 months old will be able to develop a sense of self and satisfy their innate curiosity for the world through experiences designed to encourage language development, grace and courtesy, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, and sensorial exploration. The toddler’s strong sense of autonomy is encouraged and self-esteem is enhanced through social experiences in a small class. This is a great time for the toddler to gain self-confidence and trust with peers as well as teachers.
Our goal in the Stepping Stones room is to “help the child help himself”. We encourage the child to explore their own abilities but we are always available to help if the child asks. Children in our environment work towards being able to care for their own needs and experience a strong sense of pride in what they can do themselves. Music, art, cooking, grace and courtesy lessons, and story time are part of their schedule as the child learns to enjoy being part of a community of his peers. Children have their first exposure to the materials in our class and learn how to care for the materials properly and how to receive a lesson. Our Stepping Stones’ concentration and communication skills grow rapidly in our prepared environment. Our lessons are designed to help the young child grow towards a sense of order and sequence. Our lessons of Practical Life and Sensorial Exploration set the stage for later lessons that help children be successful in writing, reading, and mathematics. The environment is rich in manipulatives, and in this environment your child is encouraged to touch and explore everything! Lessons are individualized to meet the needs of each specific child during this dynamic time in their growth.
Our Stepping Stones staff is always available to lend a helping hand as parents navigate challenging toddler-age experiences, such as toileting and table manners. We work with both parents and children to help the child be successful in their school community, by providing daily lessons on topics such as taking turns, learning to move gracefully in the classroom, and how to find peaceful solutions to disagreements among friends. The Stepping Stones class builds a strong foundation in learning for the young child for all future school and community experiences.