One-year-olds learn by experiencing the environment through their senses (seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching), by physically moving around, and through social interaction. The children are given ample opportunities to practice newly acquired skills and to experience feelings of autonomy and success.
Although a significant part of their development is learning and acquiring social skills, one-year-olds are not able to understand the concept of sharing. Age-appropriate toys are available at all times in order to encourage self-directed play and imagination. Simple art projects are introduced to toddlers, while songs, stories, and finger plays are recited often in each age group. Weather permitting, all one-year-olds and the older infants have daily outdoor playtime.
The one-year-old program continues the child’s exposure to vocabulary and familiar figures of our faith. Using Bible stories, hymns, and other religious songs, children will grow in their understanding of God’s love.
One-Year-Old’s Schedule (Sample)
7:00-8:00 Meet and Greet
8:00-8:50 Free Play/Open Centers
8:50-9:00 Diaper Changing/Handwashing
9:00-9:20 Morning Prayer and Snack
9:20-9:35 Circle Time
9:35-10:00 Outside Play
10:00-10:10 Handwashing/Cup of Water
10:10-10:40 Free Play/Open Centers
10:40-11:10 Art Project of the Day
11:55-12:30 Quiet Songs and Story Time
12:30-2:30 Nap Time
2:30-2:45 Diaper Changing/Handwashing
2:45-3:00 Prayer and Snack
3:30-4:00 Outside Play
4:00-4:45 Open Centers
4:45-5:00 Music and Movement
5:00-5:15 Diaper Changing/Handwashing
5:15-5:45 Stories and Free Play
5:45-6:00 Diapers, Handwashing, and Goodbyes