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Suitable Ages

 

 

Questions from two Readers:

 

Q:   

I received the link to your website from a friend. I was wondering what is the target age for this curriculum. I currently have a 11 month old, 1 yr old, and a 2 yr old in my childcare.

Thanks, Cheryl Martin     Cheryls Childcare

Q:   

I care for newborns up to 18 months will this program work for me thank you

Margaret Barbee

A:   

It can be very practical for you to teach the Rolled-out Curriculum for two year olds; as for the younger tots, they can follow along while you teach. It’s been my experience that when teaching toddlers along with 1 year olds and under, that the younger tots pick up what you teach. In my childcare I don’t teach them under the age of two. I'd rather them play with all their toys and listen to you, while you teach the toddlers and preschoolers.

Examples of my familiarity:

· When teaching Tiny Tots on the Move (our exercise program), the little 1 year old just joins in and starts making the movements.

· When we are singing, they love to listen to music or mimic our singing.

· When we are reading they too listen.

· When working on worksheet time, the pre-toddlers can join by colouring.

· So as you can see all the children in your care will have the best of both worlds.

I had a 10 month old here with us and now she is 18 months, from what I see she is now telling me all of her colours and saying her ABC’s. With my granddaughter Rylee, at the age of 2 she could tell you all the letters in any title that she sees. I believe that Rylee picked up all this knowledge from the monthly issues I taught since she was born. Rylee will be 4 in May 2009. Under the age of 18 months they will learn but it’s kind of hard for them to participate with the entire curriculum.

Having a one year old on my hip while teaching, I know that they are taking it all in. Seeing this child a year from now will show you excellent results, which you'll notice especially when you're teaching the curriculum again.

- January 2009

 

 

A Reply to a Critical Reader, who thought our materials were much too advanced for ages 2 to 5

 

A:   

Teaching Tots is creative in its methods of developing life skills for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Personally I’ve been teaching this program to children for over 7 years, and they have done very well, furthermore they enjoy it immensely. Over the last 7 years, many parents have complimented me on how well their children do in the program with the Teaching Tots Rolled-out Curriculum. I’ve had a child in my program for two years. He stopped coming to my program in the afternoons because he’s now in kindergarten then, but he’s still coming here in the morning.  When his parents went for an interview at his school, the teacher really admired his progress. She said he’s way ahead of the entire class. The parents told me that they had their son`s caregiver to thank, for him being this smart.

My program has been used by other parents with their own children, and by home daycares. They too are enjoying the program. Their response to me is that their children are achieving!

When it comes to Toddlers, well, Teaching Tots is like an introduction to them. As for Preschoolers, they end up knowing more than half of what I teach by following along for just four months. When the Toddlers have completed eight months of the Curriculum, they too are at the Preschoolers` level in the Teaching Tots developmental program.

I mention four months because the Curriculum has a different fundamental each month: letters, shapes, numbers and colours. They repeat after four months. The topic of the month changes each month and does not repeat for a full year. So each monthly issue is a combination of brand new activities, topic-related material, and page design for the Tots to enjoy, along with a fundamental. For the Tots experienced with the Curriculum, returning to a fundamental after four months is familiar and a chance to polish and develop skills they`ve already begun.

It wasn’t until two years ago, when my granddaughter Rylee (who just turned 2 that week) started reading each letter in the signs of all the stores in the mall, which I started to really feel something was going on here. The amazing part was all the elderly ladies who were right behind us, saying "look at that little baby reading each letter up there". From that point I knew I had a really good product for Toddlers and Preschoolers. I didn’t realize it before that time, because Toddlers and Preschoolers would go home, and I never knew how much the parents were teaching them as opposed to what I was teaching them. The funny thing is when I teach, I don’t teach children under the age of two. I only let the pre-toddlers join in when they seem interested to follow along with us.

It’s all in the way you teach them; I found the program to be pretty easy for Toddlers and Preschoolers to work with. I have all sorts of videos of them working away while I’m teaching, for their parents to see. I compile them into a Christmas gift video that I give every year to the families.

So when you teach Toddlers and Preschoolers, you have to show a lot of comical actions, along with being very cheerful to all the children. They will respond by listening and learning with you. Really good communication with any of the young, will result in well developed children.

Our motto is, "Structure is the key to successful children". With my program, the Teaching Tots Rolled-out Curriculum, every minute of the day is well planned out for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

- January 2009

Two happy boys with strawberries

  

Every recipe tested in our "kitchen" --- every single piece of the Curriculum has been tested on, verified with and approved by real Tots.

  
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