2nd Year Toddler
For: Children who are 2-years-old by August 31.
Your 2- to 3-year-old child isn’t ready for formal preschool, but she is ready for paint, play dough, story-time, a little rambunctious play and imaginative play with playmates her age. She enjoys all these activities more when you are right by her side, so parents attend class with their children each week.
Parent and child come to class together. During this weekly two-hour class, there’s a period set aside for Parent Education. Every other week you and half the parents meet with the parent education instructor for discussion and support while the other parents are with the children and their teachers. At first your child may want to sit on your lap, but soon he will discover that the room designed for him by the children’s teachers is a much more interesting place to be. Children’s activities include: art exploration, puzzles and shape sorters, large motor equipment (like tumbling mats, slides, and ride-upons), and music and stories at circle time.
What will your child experience at our class?
We offer a well-rounded, developmentally appropriate curriculum which stimulates all your child’s senses and motivates learning in all areas. We have large motor activities like tumbling mats, slides, ride-upons and outdoor play. Children build small motor skills with puzzles, shape sorters, trains, cars, and blocks. Imaginary play opportunities include dolls, toy kitchens, and dress-up clothes. During circle time, we emphasize pre-literacy skills with story time, sing lots of fun songs, and practice sitting still and listening to a teacher. Art experiences include play-dough, painting, collage, printing, and more. We focus on play-based learning, so children are offered many different activities to explore each week, and they decide how much time to spend with each learning opportunity.
Your child will get many of the benefits they would get from taking art classes, music classes, attending story time, and having playdates with friends, but all rolled together in one place and time. Toddlers learn best when they are surrounded by familiar people in a familiar, nurturing environment, and there is a reliable, predictable routine. Our classes are unique in how well they support the well-rounded development of children.
What will you get out of our class?
Class time includes Parent Education sessions. Every week, half the parents meet with the parent education instructor for discussion and support while the other parents are with the children and their teachers. At first your child may want to sit on your lap during parent education, but soon he will discover that the room designed for him by the children’s teachers is a much more interesting place to be.
Topics for parent discussion include:
- Discipline – Toddler guidance techniques
- Anger, temper tantrums, and emotional development
- Transitions: For example, going from high chair to table; diapers to underwear (potty training); crib to bed and introducing a new baby
- Preschool selection and supporting your child’s education
- Sibling rivalry
- Play and learning activities to enhance your child’s development
- Language development and pre-literacy skills
- and more…
During this developmental period your child goes from needing you right by her side to preferring imaginative play time with a friend. These blossoming early social exchanges lay the foundation for friendships that come later. As the children play more and more together, parents have time to develop their own friendships with other caregivers – moms, dads, grandparents and nannies.
Locations: Bellevue (Crossroads and Eastgate neighborhoods), Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie. Click on the class name below to see a map.
Visiting/Observing a Class:
Check our home page for open house opportunities. You can also schedule a visit during a class meeting time, from October to May, by contacting the instructor listed on the schedule.
How to Register and Tuition Information
To register for a class, go to our online registration form.
Tuition cost is $234 per quarter (fall, winter, and spring), except for the two-day-per-week Young 3’s class, which is $470 per quarter (fall, winter and spring), and the two-day-per-week Alpine 2nd Year Toddlers Co-op, which is $115 per month. Parent Education Program fees include parents’ Bellevue College tuition as well as tuition for the children’s program. Scholarships are available to registered families in need; confidential application is made through the class instructor.
Specific priority for One Day Classes: A second child from the same family will pay 50% less.
2nd Year Toddler Class Schedule for 2015-16Note: 2nd Year Toddler classes start in late September and run through May each school year. Students may join mid-year, if there is space available.
Please note that class times, days, locations and tuition are subject to change. However, we do not anticipate changes at this time.