Caterpillars (12 to 24 months)
At Papillon, the children are learning to combine their minds and bodies as one. Unfortunately, this process is a very difficult milestone and there are many challenges to overcome before this is a smooth process.
Approximately three to five weeks prior to our infants graduating to this group, we introduce them to the new room on a daily basis. We start with one hour a day and progress to a full day. Some children transition with no problem, others need two weeks or so to adjust. This is very normal and we do all we can to help you and your child adjust.
There are some major changes to this group in comparison to the infant room. The children are on a set schedule. By this time, they are down to one bottle a day. They perfect drinking from a cup, attempt feeding themselves, and nap time is one time a day. These are some of the more obvious changes, but there are other subtle changes that are equally as eye-opening. Your child will have just started walking so there may be a lot of “boo boo’s” in the first few weeks. They will be more tired at night because the day is filled with activities. And diaper bags are gone, as your child will now have his or her own cubby for changing supplies. The children hone their cognitive skills with introductions to the alphabet and numbers. They will learn animal sounds, songs, colors, and other basic sounds. Caterpillars start working on art projects as well, that will be prominently displayed in the school halls for all visiting family members to see. Tradition recess is also offered twice a day on good weather days.
By the time a Caterpillar/Pre-toddler is ready to progress to the Butterfly/Toddler classroom, they will have learned the value of sharing. They will know how important it can be to just sit and listen. And they will have an expanded attention span.
Our goal is to provide an atmosphere and learning environment for children that will ease the minds of parent’s while they are at work.