Toddlers

For children 13 – 36 months on August 31st

children and teacher holding hands

Overview

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 (Fall 2020): During each week’s online class, a portion of our time will be child-focused “circle 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 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 with other families as they ride the roller coaster of life with a toddler.

Online (Fall 2020): Each week, during our online call, a portion of the time will be dedicated to parent education and discussions about current parenting challenges. Additional one-on-one consultations or small groups with the parent educator are also available by appointment.

In-Person (when health guidelines allow for a return to the classroom): 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 in the classroom.

 

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 – Fall 2020: all classes will be held online on Zoom. During each weekly call, there will be 15-20 minutes of online, interactive circle time for the children, and there will be 45 – 60 minutes of online parent education.

We do plan to return to in-person classes in the future (sometime after fall quarter), when health recommendations allow. 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.

For Fall 2020, you may choose whichever class works best for your schedule, regardless of “location” since they are all online. We included physical locations just as suggestions. We know that many parents would like to make connections to other families who live near them, so including this factor in your class choice may help increase the chance you’ll find nearby families in your class.

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 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. 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 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.

Viewing from a mobile device? Scroll right to see full content of the tables below.

Class LocationItem#BirthdateOnline Schedule (Fall 2020)InstructorAvailability
Campus Wobblers / Young Toddlers70055/19 - 12/19Th 9:45-11:00a, plus parent ed one evening a weekVicki SmolkeOpen
Sammamish Toddlers70069/17 - 8/19M 10:30-11:30aBarb HillOpen
N. Bellevue / Mercer Is. Toddlers70189/17 - 8/19W 10:00-11:00aJanelle DurhamOpen
S. Bellevue / Issaquah / Renton Toddlers70299/17 - 8/19M 10:00-11:00aSara TretheweyOpen

Last Updated September 14, 2020