Two Year Old



Two year olds are full of energy and love to discover new experiences within their environment. Anything that is unfamiliar to them strikes their curiosity. This curiosity assists with acquiring more mature language skills. Although they love new experiences, their attention span is still very short, so a variety of activities need to be provided to keep their interest going.

  • Two year olds start speaking in two-three word sentences and begin to remember their experiences that they witnessed throughout the day. Learning and reciting simple songs and rhymes are a favorite activity for this age group. They enjoy listening to short stories being read to them, and eventually have a favorite story that they will want read over and over and over again. They may even pick up the book and pretend to read to you!
  • Physically, two year olds can still be a little unsteady on their feet, however that doesn’t stop them from trying to walk, run, and climb. Throwing , catching, and kicking are skills beginning to emerge, but you may notice that children at this age have stiff body movements while trying to accomplish this task. You may notice your child beginning to grip writing tools with their whole hand, but may use their whole arm to make the marks on paper.
  • Two year olds perceive things through their point of view, which makes reasoning an almost impossible task. They are recognizing they are an individual person, so words such as “me” and “mine” are very common. Temper tantrums, outbursts of anger, and physical aggression can be normal for this age group.

At Palm Beach Preschool, our two year old room is designed to provide the children with a variety of activities to help stimulate the children’s independence, language, social, gross motor, fine motor, cognitive skills. Children are free to choose the activities of interest to them. Activities such as music, dancing, painting, building, reading, exploring, and pretend play are just a few that are offered to the students on a daily basis. Additionally, potty training is the big event with this age group and we enthusiastically celebrate each child’s accomplishment with this milestone.

Our curriculum in the two year old room is Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum is researched based and guides the teacher to plan developmentally appropriate activities for each child. Our teachers use the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment, which correlates with Creative Curriculum, to direct their instruction for each child on an individual basis. For more information on our curriculum, please visit our curriculum page or log on to www.teachingstrategies.com.

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