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 to other families, build supportive friendships, spend quality playtime with their children, and attend parent education sessions to learn about child development.
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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 (Fall 2020): We will have a weekly online circle time, where we build the foundations of musical knowledge while we sing songs and try out instruments, we build the foundations of literacy with rhymes and stories, and practice skills like paying attention to the teacher and taking turns. Teachers will also offer ideas for easy hands-on activities parents can do with their children at home, and information about what the child is learning from each activity. 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 circle time, 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 as they ride the roller coaster of life with a toddler.
For Online classes (Fall 2020): We’ll have parent ed every week. Additional one-on-one consultations with the parent educator are also available by appointment.
At in-person classes: Each week, half the parents meet with the parent educator. The children continue to explore classroom activities, supervised by the other parents and the children’s teacher(s). 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.
Locations and Visiting a Class:
For Fall 2020, all classes will be held online on Zoom. Each week, there will be 15-20 minutes of online, interactive circle time for the children, during the time listed on the schedule below. Each week, there will be 45 – 60 minutes of online parent education, which may be during scheduled class time or may be in the evening. Contact class instructor for details on the schedule.
When health guidelines allow for a return to in-person classes: First year toddler programs are offered in Bellevue, Mercer Island and Sammamish. Second year toddlers are in Bellevue (downtown and Eastgate neighborhoods), Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, Sammamish, and Snoqualmie. (Map and Directions.) They follow the schedule below.
To visit a class, contact the instructor to make arrangements. Typically, if space is available in a class, they will allow you and your child to join the class one time for thirty minutes to see if it’s a good fit.
How to Register
Toddler classes start in mid-September and run through May each school year. 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. Register Today!
Tuition: For fall quarter 2020 online, the total cost will be $183.88. $53.88 will be paid directly to Bellevue College through the online registration process, and $130 will be paid to your class instructor. (Note: this tuition is $65 less per quarter than an in-person quarter would be, due to reduced costs.) 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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Last Updated August 14, 2020