The 2s class is an introductory preschool class for children ages two years to three years. This program meets Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-11:30 am. The teacher in the 2s class creates a loving, supportive environment for the youngest students who are just beginning to separate from their caregivers, often for the first time. The class offers a gentle introduction to the joys of learning, practicing routines and becoming a part of a social group. The class size is kept small—averaging only twelve children—to help maintain a peaceful, nurturing environment for beginning students.
The 2s begin their day with free choice indoor play at a variety of learning stations, which consistently include messy art, play dough, a building manipulative, dramatic play, literacy opportunities, and science activities are rotated based on a thematic unit. Following a cooperative clean up time, the children gather for circle time, which encourages music, sharing, movement, and an overall sense of community. A parent provided group snack is offered afterwards, sometimes including food from the morning’s cooking activity. After snack, the children enjoy playtime outside, with opportunities to develop gross motor skills through trike riding, climbing, running, ball play, and gardening. The outdoor area also includes a sensory table with rotating materials, a mud kitchen, large easels, a sand pit, and building blocks. The children return inside to close the morning with songs and/or stories inside.