The most successful classroom schedule for 2 year olds is simple but well thought out. The teacher takes time to observe how the children use the materials. The teacher notices what they are interested in, what is working, and what is not. The teacher is careful about balancing active and quiet times and tries to have as few transitions as possible, understanding that too many changes can be disruptive to a young child. And even once school begins, even halfway through the school year and perhaps longer, the teacher knows the schedule can be tweaked when it’s apparent that the day is not flowing as it should be. The teacher creates a plan, but knows that it does not have to be set in stone, that ideas can change at the last minute and that’s okay. The teacher plans, but is also flexible. When keeping all of this in mind, a classroom schedule has been created that is developmentally appropriate for these young, curious, energetic children.
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We greet our children at the classroom door with warm greetings, the children say goodbye to their parents or caregivers, and we walk them into the classroom.
As the parents gather in the hallway, we say goodbye to each other.
What schedule works best with your 2 year olds? Let me know in the comments section!
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