Serving 12 children between the ages of two to three years, a curriculum of "learning centers" is implemented, allowing these older toddlers many opportunities to become autonomous learners as they work and play in this hands-on, multi-sensory classroom. Children in this classroom are cared for by a lead teacher, an assistant teacher and teaching assistants.
Meet your lead teacher, Ms. Jada Weston
My name is Jada Weston, and I'm proud to have worked at the Early Childhood Laboratory since 2018 as a teacher's assistant, after-school care coordinator and office assistant/substitute teacher before becoming the lead Toddler II teacher.
I'm from Houston, but I've made a home in the great piney woods! My husband, Thomas, and I have two cats and one dog — Franklin, Fiona and Bella. On the weekends, you can find us walking our pup across the SFA campus.
I graduated from SFA with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on early childhood through grade six core subjects, and earned a minor in communication sciences and disorders in December 2020. Currently, I'm pursuing my master's degree in early childhood education here at SFA.
I have experience in all classrooms from infants to sixth grade, but toddler II is where my heart is. Welcome to Toddler II, I am so happy to learn and grow with your littlest Jacks this year!
Meet your assistant teacher, Ms. Jasmine Morales
Hello! I'm Jasmine Morales, and I have been with the Early Childhood Laboratory since August 2021. I attended Angelina College and am working toward continuing my education. I was born and raised in Nacogdoches, and I graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 2014.
I have two amazing kids, Renzo, 5 and Zayleen, 4. I spend most of my free time crafting and spending time with my kids. We love to travel and find new places together. I can't wait to continue to grow with the ECHL!
Activities and development
Early Childhood Laboratory classrooms follow the Constructivist Theory approach. Our teachers develop outdoor lesson plans to correlate with weekly lesson plans that reinforce indoor learning and structure playtime to optimize learning. Using curriculum and assessments for guidance, design of the learning centers is based on the learning needs of each individual child.
In the Toddler II classroom, the development process of potty training begins when a child shows signs of readiness. Learning centers offer individual play and group activities such as stories and music. Emerging skills at this age include solving problems with words.
Toddlers are given opportunities to become autonomous learners as they work and play in a hands-on, multi-sensory classroom.
|7:10 to 8:15 a.m.||Arrivals, limited learning centers|
|8:15 to 8:30 a.m.||Restroom routine|
|8:30 to 9:05 a.m.||Wash hands, breakfast|
|9:05 to 9:30 a.m.||Story, music, group time|
|9:30 to 10:15 a.m.||Learning centers, restroom routine|
|10:15 to 11 a.m.||Outside play or motor room|
|11 to 11:05 a.m.||Wash hands|
|11:05 to 11:35 a.m.||Lunch|
|11:35 a.m. to Noon||Restroom routine, transition to nap time|
|Noon to 2 p.m.||Naptime|
|2 to 2:20 p.m.||Wake up, restroom routine|
|2:20 to 2:45 p.m.||Snack|
|2:45 to 3 p.m.||Story, activity, group time|
|3 to 3:45 p.m.||Outside play, learning centers|
|3:45 to 3:55 p.m.||Clean up|
|3:55 to 4:15 p.m.||Restroom routine|
|4:15 to 5 p.m.||Outside play or motor room|
|5 to 5:10 p.m.||Clean up|
|5:10 to 5:20 p.m.||Hallway for departure|
Stocking their cubby
Here's a quick checklist of items to keep in your child's classroom cubby:
- Lovey (small comfort item)
- Two to three sets of season-appropriate clothing
- Additional pairs of underwear once child begins potty training
We provide diaper wipes, naptime items (cot, pillow and blanket), toothbrush and water bottle.
Toys must stay at home.
Bring three to four photos of family members for your child's scrapbook collage page.
The toddler II playground is your child's first introduction to the "big kid swing"! Children perfect their skills cruising around the bicycle path, running around the climber, enjoying dramatic play and playing in the sandbox. The playground offers many sensory experiences and provides ample shade.