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2 Years: The Yellow Room

The 2-year-old classroom, known as the Yellow Room, is comprised of children age 2 until September of the year following their third birthday (or until they are potty trained). The child-to-teacher ratio for this classroom is 7:1.

As in the other classrooms, activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate. In the 2-year-old classroom, potty training takes center stage. Children this age pretend-play by imitating the adults and older children in their lives. Teachers facilitate your child's play and guide them toward positive social behavior through learning games and hands-on activities in small and large groups. Dolls, animal figures, play kitchens and costumes enhance opportunities to have fun and learn at the same time.

The 2-year-old class is taught by Ms. Claudia (lead Spanish teacher), Ms. Gulmira (assistant teacher) and Mr. Josué (assistant teacher).

A Sample Week

A typical week includes several themes: a letter and number of the week, and a structural theme, such as springtime. These themes are woven into lessons throughout the week. For example, on Monday, children might learn how to say "N." On Wednesday they might be taught what kinds of words begin with N. To integrate the theme of spring, a lesson might explain that spring is the time for baby animals — what else can we see in spring? (Flowers, green grass, etc.) Later in the week children might hear a poem about spring or be read a book about springtime, while an art project could include coloring a picture of a baby bird. Playtime includes sensory play and motor skills, such as having the children pretend to be birds or singing "Up, Pop the Flower" (to the tune of "Pop! Goes the Weasel").

Sample Lesson Plan

Daily Schedule

We have full parallel foreign-language immersion throughout the day.

7:30-8:30 a.m.          
Greetings and free play

8:30-9 a.m.          
Breakfast

9-9:30 a.m.
Group time  

9:30-10:15 a.m.  
Directed play (music/crafts)

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Outdoor play

11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.     
Lunch

12-12:30 p.m.        
Prepare for nap

12:30-2:30 p.m.
Nap

2:30-3 p.m.
Group time (stories)

3-3:30 p.m.             
Snack

3:30-4 p.m.            
Directed play

4-5 p.m.          
Outdoor play

5-6 p.m.            
Cleanup and goodbyes