The Sapitos Classroom consists of 8 children with two teachers. The goal of the Sapitos classroom is to offer a comfortable and rich environment that provides for the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs of the toddlers in this classroom. We strive to provide an environment that offers spaces for both quiet and active explorations and a wide range of developmentally appropriate opportunities for learning. The intention of this classroom is also to work with children to support the child in this unique stage of their life as they start to discover themselves as individuals, find language and negotiate relationships. The care-giving approach and model we have adopted is with the idea in mind that the relationships we create may emulate the love and respect of their family. Although we could never truly emulate the deep love and respect of a child’s family, with time all Escuela Viva children become an extension of our family. We come to develop deep lasting relationships with the children in our care and do our best to capture this in our documentation.
A Day in the Sapitos Class
It is still important for Wobblers to have responsive caregivers. In the Sapitos classroom the teachers understand that a routine is so very important for children of all ages, though a set schedule is not developmentally appropriate for children under two. Therefore, this classroom is somewhere in between responsive care and structure. The teachers strive to provide a rhythm to the day with structure, consistency and predictability while maintaining the flexibility of working with each child as an individual. Below are the different activities offered on a daily basis at various times in the day.
- Snack is offered twice a day, morning and afternoon
- Lunch is provided mid-day
- Diapering throughout the day (approximately every 2 hours)
- Bathroom trips and support with development of bathroom skills
- A consistent daily nap time
- Music and story-telling is offered
- Outside activity and Gross Motor Development
- Books and early literacy experiences
- Sensory motor activities
- Material exploration and Studio activities
- Fine and gross motor activities (indoor)
The Infant/Wobbler Program shares an arrival, diapering, eating and studio space. It is a commons area of sorts in between the two classrooms that greats parents and children as they enter the Infant/Wobbler spaces. As the arrival area, it displays children’s work and daily activities through posted documentation and parents boards. There is also a transition space offered for parents and children to be able use for reading books or spending some time together before saying goodbye to each other for the day.
The Infant, Wobbler and Toddler Classes, though autonomous in their curricular and daily activities, also work together as a community sharing certain times of day together in commons space, out of doors and at times in each others classrooms. This kind of atmosphere enriches the children’s experience as a part of a larger community and provides the opportunity for higher flexibility in light of children’s interests, development and contribution to their own and their neighboring class. The teaching teams, each consisting of two teachers, are also supported by auxiliary staff.
Parent involvement is at the crux of our classroom environment. Our most successful classrooms always include strong partnerships between parents and teachers. As always communicate directly with your child’s teachers via the blog or email address. If you do not have access to the blog with a sign in contact the director: email@example.com or the directors assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org.