The toddler classroom, known as the Circus Room, includes children age 18-24 months. The child-to-teacher ratio for this classroom is 5:1.
Each day, teachers review the alphabet, counting to 10 and colors, and read books to the class. Children in the Circus Room enjoy time to play with friends and choose their own activities, while teachers ensure that learning is fun by using creative tools to teach concepts. Teachers focus on creating routines that make toddlers' days go smoothly: Arrivals at MMLH are marked by festive Spanish- and English-language music, children learn the "Clean Up" song when it's time to pick up toys and transition to a new activity, and at naptime gentle lullabies signal that it is time to sleep. In addition to Spanish lessons, including the alphabet and vocabulary, toddlers learn sign language at an age-appropriate level.
The toddler classroom is taught by Ms. Jenn (lead teacher), Ms. Karen, Ms. Ana (assistant Spanish teacher) and Ms. Mercy (assistant teacher).
MMLH structures lesson plans in the Circus Room around a theme, such as St. Patrick's Day, and includes a letter of the week ("S is for shamrock"). Children may sing "Five Green Shamrocks" on Monday, while Tuesday's art project involves making a shamrock with green-colored sugar. Other activities include basic math, such as sorting with balls, legos or play food; working with puzzles or counting. Toddlers' senses are engaged by playing with bubbles, manipulating puppets, stacking blocks and singing songs that teach vocabulary ("Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes").
We have full parallel foreign-language immersion throughout the day.
Greetings and free play
Group time (storytelling, finger plays)
Directed play (crafts/music/blocks)
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
Group time (stories)
Reading, singing, ABCs, colors, numbers
Cleanup and goodbyes