one-year-old students are scheduled time each day for both indoor
and outdoor play, quiet and active play, large and small muscle
activities. These young children are provided a safe place to move
about and explore their environments. Each day, the one-year-olds
are provided simple puzzles, blocks and other toys that help develop
their pincer grasp and their ability to begin complete tasks for
them selves. These activities also encourage the development of
discrimination of shapes and other spatial perceptional skills.
The one-year olds are provided a variety of large crayons, markers
and paints to encourage spontaneous hand-eye coordination and the
development of large and fine muscles necessary for pre-writing
teacher, Miss Polly, reads books, sings songs or repeats rhymes. These literacy
activities are used to help stimulate the basic levels of phonemic
awareness. These activities also increase the development of spoken
language and concept development. This is also the time that children
are encouraged to begin developing self-help skills by having the
opportunity to use a spoon at mealtime or finger foods to develop
independence in feeding. During this time, one-year-olds are given
opportunities to follow simple one to two step directions. The daily
activities provide for indoor and outdoor play [weather permitting].
environment at Midway Learning Center provides a warm loving atmosphere
with appropriate materials and equipment to enhance the opportunity
for children to make their own choices.