Toddlers Cooking Lesson
Each day our Our Reggio Emilia inspired Toddler Room is filled with activity. Children join in song, stories, discussions, investigations, discovery, and play. They get to know one another, learn to work together, resolve conflicts, and grow. Toddlers thrive in our Toddler Program. At Voyagers’, toddlers are seen as children with interests, ideas, and rights. Educators view each child as a source of inspiration and delight.
As infants move into toddlerhood, they are more mobile and rapidly growing in their language development. Small “conversations” are taking place among the group and they are able to experience the wider world in a whole new way.
Playing indoors and out with natural materials such as sand, water, mud, leaves, wind and light provides them with first-hand knowledge of this wider world.
Now that they are upright and walking, they experience the world from a new perspective. Imagine what a difference this makes for them as they explore and carry on their investigations! They are interpreters, inventors, idea makers and always on the go.
Voyagers’ infant program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia schools of Italy, along with the study and work of many infant notables.
Toddlers are 1 and 2-year-old children Children are welcomed to classrooms based on their age and readiness, and following conversations with parents.
Positive, caring relationships are at the heart of our toddler program. Relationships are built between teacher and toddlers, among the small group of children and with preschoolers and early elementary students. With so many people invested in your child’s well-being there’s no doubt they will learn.
We do not just oversee children we are with them in their exploration, play and development of knowledge.
Toddlers are so creative! Active play is the toddler’s way of practicing how to be in the world. Toddlers in play are continuously learning, developing new skills, seeking out information, and gaining knowledge. The availability of rich materials, along with the teacher’s gentle guidance, facilitates the child’s inquiries and investigations.
The teachers watch, listen and document each child’s ideas and theories as they go about their daily routine. Teachers are active observers who reflect on what they learn about the children’s interests. Only then do they make plans. These plans allow, within safe limits, for children to discover, create and share.
“Every human being, whether child or adult, seems to require significance, that is place in another’s world.” (Laing, Self And Others, 1969).
As in all Voyagers’ classrooms, the environment is yet another teacher that provides what children need and seek out in order to continue learning. Therefore, the toddler room provides light, softness, challenge, and opportunities for collaboration and connections.
Children find possibilities in a variety of materials and experiences that include sensory, art, music, nature, and motor activities.
Our teachers communicate with parents about each toddler’s current state of development and daily progress as he or she rapidly grows. This is accomplished through the use of an online portfolio supported by Seesaw. This portfolio follows your child through each year of schooling at Voyagers’ Community School.
Reggio Emilia’s “Inserimento,” which translated means “settling in,” is the approach our teachers take as they introduce both parents and babies to our environment.
The teachers want to learn as much as they can from parents about each infant’s personality, routines, and needs. This means allowing time for parents and infants to separate and to become acquainted with the new surroundings.
Our goal is for both parents and infants to feel comfortable during this first separation.
Toddlers love to explore & learn.
The routine of the day is predictable, but flexible so that toddlers know what to expect. However, there is a “child rhythm” embedded in the routine so each child’s needs and interests are always at the forefront.
Children are given plenty of time to explore and play throughout the day. A gentle routine of free play, circle time, songs, rhymes, and games are accentuated. Children explore both indoors and out. They are not rushed from one activity to another.
The more time allowed, the more deeply they become engaged in play and discovery experiences which equal LEARNING. Routines, such as sleeping and eating, are given careful attention and considered another part of the curriculum. Allowing time, providing rich materials, building relationships, and being present for each child, creates a secure, safe nest in which toddlers can grow and flourish.
Each Wednesday, children, ages 1 and 2-years, are invited to bring an adult companion to school from 10 – 11:30 am to visit and learn more about our classrooms, teachers and approach to learning.
Come test the waters. See if Voyagers’ Toddler program is a good fit for your child. The first visit is free and permitted only with a reservation and on a first come, first serve basis.
Students enrolled in the Electronics class will spend the session designing and building either individual electronic projects or working on larger projects. They will learn soldering, basic electronics, and the use of Arduino based microcontrollers.
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to go outside and play some games. In this class we will play different outdoor games that children and teenagers have played for ages. Kickball, Wiffle Ball, Kick the Can, Hide and Seek, Tag, Four Square, Hopscotch, and Crack the Whip are just a few examples of games we might play. On Tuesdays we plan to travel to the Harbor School and play on their campus while on Thursdays we will play at school. Participation is a must. Having fun is also required!
Explore the world of stage makeup. Students in this class will begin by learning about the different materials used in creating special effects on stage and in film. They will then learn techniques and apply stage makeup to create various personas.
This elective seeks to prompt students to discover the fun and relevance of designing with Legos. The course will be student directed; the students will investigate real cities, fictional places and structures constructed with Legos.
Practice the skills and techniques of jewelry-making. Students will use different materials to design and create their own jewelry pieces. Projects will range from simple to complex: from simple string beading, pendant making, rope braiding to the use of wire or leather.
This course invites students to understand basic building skills for the suburban gardener. They will learn simple and practical tips for choosing the appropriate tools, materials, and designs for several garden projects
The F. Bliss Price Arboretum is one of Eatontown’s hidden gems. In this class, we will use this natural resource and preserve to our advantage in multiple ways. We will get outside and enjoy immersing ourselves in nature while being active and building physical fitness.
Basketball is a wonderful sport. It’s a sport of precision, a sport of control and a sport that requires a athletic and physical endurance. Let’s take the skills we learned in our last sports class and focus them in on one specific sport; basketball. We will travel to basketball gyms and learn the basic rules and regulations of playing basketball on a regulations size court.
Students in this elective will be exploring various techniques of street art. Through hands on art experiences and research students will create their own version of famous street art found in our area. Students will be able to create their own logo and name to incorporate into each of their art pieces.
The purpose of this weekly essential is to allow students to discover the art of stop motion. Students with prior animation experience have an opportunity to experiment with different techniques to create a finished movie. The plan of the class is for the students to learn different animation techniques and materials such as claymation, stop motion with Legos, animation using drawing, and pixilation using live people. The next step will be to create a storyboard to plan the movie and associated shot list. Following this step, the students can use iPads or cameras to capture the individual images necessary to make a movie. The final step will be adding sound and effects using the iMovie software
Yoga is an ancient practice that can bring the physical, mental and spiritual aspects within each of us into balance. In this class, students will be invited to safely explore the physical postures of yoga to bring about a deeper awareness of themselves, and methods to bring that awareness into their daily lives
For the found object sculpture component of the Working for the Earth we will explore the ideas we have and the ways we can work with recycled materials to have our visions come to life.
Do you have a drawer full old t-shirts or jeans you’ve outgrown and would like to learn how to either freshen them up or turn them into something completely different?
The Voyagers’ Community Service Club seeks to introduce students to the importance and the rewards of participating in community projects to help others and the environment
In this course students will build their knowledge of the sewing machine by exploring its anatomy, learning how to operate the machine safely, and how to create basic stitches. They will then put these skills to practice as they complete small projects of choice.
This class will move from the basics of beginner guitar to intermediate level. Students will learn first position chords, music theory, single note rhythms and rock riffs, all through the teachings of today’s music and songs. They will also take a look at some history in music, and where the songs they are learning come from
In this 7-week course, students will watch and analyze two foreign films: “The 400 Blows” (in French) by Director Francois Truffaut, and “Slumdog Millionnaire” an Anglo-Indian film by Director Danny Boyle (in English).
Disc Golf is a sport that is very similar to regular golf with a twist. Rather than hitting a ball with a club into a hole, players in disc golf see how many throws it takes to make a frisbee disc land in a target.
Now that Spring is upon us it is time to be active in the outdoors once again. Let’s run with it! Exercise is the basis for physical and emotional wellness. During this class will learn the rudiments of running as a sport and as a way of keeping fit
Cheerleading consists of an enthusiastic, dynamic, fun, hardworking group of young men and women who commit time to the overall success of their team. Dancing is moving rhythmically to music, moving quickly, and in a lively manner. During this class, students will come to know themselves better kinesthetically and be challenged to work together as a team.
Are you a dramatic person? Do you like to yell out the first thing that comes to mind? If so, you may be a natural at improvisational theater, which is designed to help actors and entertainers step out of their comfort zone and speak publicly without fear of embarrassment.
Teaching Associate, Preschool
Emma has always had a passion for helping students to see their full potential by learning in ways that works best for them. Her alma mater, Lasell College, helped to nurture this passion through many teaching experiences in public, private, and charter schools. While at Lasell, Emma was hand selected to teach on the island of Antigua. While there she was fully emerged into the culture, and curriculums of the island. She also was able to do professional development and educate the teachers on the island about the Universal Design for Learning, which is a set of guidelines that helps teachers plan lessons that incorporate the learning types of all the students in the class. It was a truly memorable experience that taught Emma that alternative schools is where she felt that she could make the biggest impact on the children and they could on her as well.
She graduated with a BA in Curriculum and Instruction from Lasell College in May of 2015 and joined Voyagers' in September of that year. Just as Voyagers' was learning to use their new facility, she was learning about the philosophy of the school alongside its students and other faculty members. She has attended the Progressive Educators Network conference in New York, the Association of Constructivist Teaching conference at Kean College, and went through intensive training to become a certified tutor in the practices of Lindamood-Bell. Through these many experiences of professional development, and the everyday experiences that Voyagers' provides for her, she has grown to better understand the Reggio Emilia and Progressive philosophies of the Preschool/Toddler program. Emma is excited to experience another school year, create memories, and continue to learn with her Voyagers' family!
"Great things never come from comfort zones” -Anonymous
Voyagers’ is a school that it true to its mission statement where children are honored, respected and challenged to do and be their very best. Teachers are 100% dedicated to motivating their students by relating the environment and their everyday life to what they will be learning in the academic classroom. As a parent of a Voyagers’ high school student, I wished we had known about the school earlier on. Traditional private school was not able to tap into my son’s sense of curiosity, learning differences and need to be challenged for his unique intellect, the way Voyagers’ did. Having the ability to take college courses for credit while still attending the high school was a big plus as well. The defining end result was a young man who graduated confident and with a keen sense of accomplishment and desire to keep learning.
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