For children 13 – 36 months on August 31st
This is a parent-child class where the caregiver (mother, father, grandparent or nanny) attends a weekly class with the child. The children’s program is filled with engaging activities designed especially for this period of development, with art activities, sensory experiences, imaginative play, large motor challenges, music time, and more! Parents have the opportunity to connect with other families, build supportive friendships, spend quality playtime with their children, and attend parent education sessions to learn about child development.
Watch this video to see our in-person class in action:
What will your child experience at our class?
We offer a well-rounded curriculum which stimulates all your child’s senses, builds skills in all areas of development, and exposes them to an array of activities that will engage their curiosity and love of learning.
Online (Winter 2021): During each week’s online class, a portion of our time will be child-focused “group time”, where we build the foundations of musical knowledge while we sing songs and try out rhythm instruments, we build the foundations of literacy with rhymes and stories, and we practice skills like paying attention to the teacher and taking turns. During class and in follow-up emails, teachers will also offer ideas for easy hands-on activities parents can do with their children at home, information about what the child is learning from each activity, and guidance in supporting your child’s development. Activity ideas will include large motor activities, small motor skills, art, and sensory play.
In-Person (when health guidelines allow for a return to the classroom): We’ll have group time for songs, rhymes, and movement games. Plus we have large motor activities like tumbling mats, riding toys, and outdoor play. Children build small motor skills with puzzles, shape sorters, trains, and blocks. Imaginary play opportunities include dolls, toy kitchens, and dress-up clothes. Art experiences include play-dough, painting, collage, and drawing. The sensory table and water table allow for experimentation with scooping, pouring, measuring and mixing.
In our program your child will get many of the benefits they would get from taking art classes, music lessons, gym classes, and attending story time, all rolled together in one class. Toddlers learn best when they are interacting with familiar people in a nurturing setting, and there is a reliable, predictable routine.
What will you get out of our class?
Class includes Parent Education. Discussions cover topics like early learning, language development, discipline, tantrums, emotional intelligence, sleep challenges, potty training, and preschool choice. The parent educator leads the discussion, offers helpful resources and expert advice tailored to your unique family. Parents share experiences, offer support, and build friendships with other families as they ride the roller coaster of life with a toddler.
In online classes, parent education is held each week and one-on-one consultations with the parent educator are available by appointment. At in-person classes, each week half the parents meet with the parent educator. The other parents and the children’s teachers supervise the children while they continue to explore classroom activities. Your child is welcome to be at parent education with you, but we encourage children to come and play.
What Our Students Say About this Class
My partner and I both learned so much! The parent ed topics were all very relevant to us and our current challenges. I appreciate how the parent educator shared personal stories about her own children, it helped remind me that she “gets it” and completely understands from a parent perspective.
Class Schedule and Choosing A Class:
Online – Winter 2021: all classes will be held online on Zoom. You can choose whichever class works best for your schedule, regardless of “location” since they are all online. We included physical locations just to help parents make connections to other families who live near them.
During each weekly call, there will be ~20 minutes of online, interactive circle time for the children, and 45 – 60 minutes of online parent education. When we return to in-person classes in the future, we will offer toddler programs in Bellevue, Mercer Island, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie. (Map and Directions.) In-person classes typically meet from 9:30 – 11:30 am.
If you have questions about a class, you can click on the instructor’s name in the table below and send the instructor an email.
How to Register
Toddler classes start in mid to late September and run through May. Families are encouraged to enroll for the full school year for the maximum benefit. However, families can join at any time, if space is available in a class. To visit a class, contact the instructor to make arrangements.
To register, check the table below to find the item number of the class you want to enroll in, then go to our Online Registration Form.
Tuition: For online classes, the total cost will be $183.88 per quarter. $53.88 will be billed directly by Bellevue College, and $130 will be paid to your class instructor. (Note: this tuition is $65 less per quarter than an in-person quarter would be.) A second child from the same family will pay 50% less. Scholarships are available; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.
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|Class Location||Item#||Birthdate||Online Schedule (Winter 2021)||Instructor||Availability|
|Campus Wobblers / Young Toddlers||7004||5/19 - 12/19||W 9:45-11:00a, plus parent ed one evening a week||Vicki Smolke||Open|
|Campus Wobblers / Young Toddlers||7005||5/19 - 12/19||Th 9:45-11:00a, plus parent ed one evening a week||Vicki Smolke||Open|
|Sammamish Toddlers||7006||9/17 - 8/19||M 10:30-11:30a||Barb Hill||Open|
|N. Bellevue / Mercer Is. Toddlers||7018||9/17 - 8/19||W 10:00-11:00a||Janelle Durham||Open|
|S. Bellevue / Issaquah / Renton Toddlers||7029||9/17 - 8/19||M 10:00-11:00a||Sara Trethewey||Open|
Last Updated March 4, 2021