Apple Tree Learning Centers

Toddler One (Maple)

Toddler-hood is a time when children are taking initiative, formulating and elaborating their ideas, and developing a sense of autonomy. We support toddlers at this wonderful time by first and foremost encouraging an enhanced sense of self-confidence and esteem.

Apple Tree Learning Centers has two Toddler programs, a Younger Toddler Program for children 12 months to 24 months and an Older Toddler Program for children 24 months to 36 months. The Younger Toddler Program starts off offering two naps a day if needed, and they quickly moves into one nap per day. This younger group has two nap locations, one in a quiet back space that is separate from the main play area and the children nap in pack and plays. Once children have outgrown a pack and play, or the teachers and parents decide it’s time to transition to a sleep mat, they transition to the main play space and begin to nap on a nap mat. Moving forward, all other programs nap on the nap mats in their main classroom area. Both toddler groups follow a set schedule, which is flexible and often changing based on the needs and demands of the children in the classroom.

Each classroom has as designated playground and is outside twice per day. Not only is the outdoor playground space utilized, we are fortunate enough to be located directly off the Stowe Bike Path where we have access to trails and wooded areas to explore. We also have 2 small buses and we are able to transport children to off-site field trips to local destinations. We have an outdoor education program and the instructor teaches the students and teachers various ways to enjoy the outdoors and the world that surrounds our location. This program is offered bi-weekly to each age group.

All programs also receive music class with Andrea Soberman through her program, Musical Munchkins. Music is offered bi-weekly to each age group and is currently on Mondays.

Apple Tree Learning Centers is a play-based program however even the Toddlers are exposed to colors, shapes, numbers, letters, art, sensory activities, song and dance, books, puzzles, and many other learning possibilities. These activities are offered through play which is geared around the interests of the children and through social interactions. The development of language and self-help skills are encouraged and promoted through creative and complementary opportunities. Toilet learning is a significant step for our older toddlers, sometimes the younger toddlers, toward self-awareness, self-identity and self-esteem. Therefore, we work with both child and parent(s) to create a consistent and positive experience for the child during this important process. The toddler rooms are inviting programs that offer a diversity of age specific learning tools and social opportunities for children.

Contact the teachers at 802-253-4321

maple@appletreelc.com

Meet the Teachers

Sherrie Therrien : Co-Lead Teacher Toddler One

Sherrie Therrien

Co-Lead Teacher Toddler One

BA in Early Education, 20+ years of experience

Desirae Downing : Co-Lead Teacher Toddler One

Desirae Downing

Co-Lead Teacher Toddler One

Working on AA in Early Education, 2+ years experience

Felicia Therrien : Assistant Teacher Toddler One

Felicia Therrien

Assistant Teacher Toddler One

Working on AA in Early Education, 2+ years experience