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 interim lead teacher, Ms. Lauren "Keeley" Suggs
Hello! My name is Keeley Suggs and I'm the Pre-K II assistant teacher here at the Early Childhood Laboratory, currently serving as the interim lead teacher for the Toddler II classroom.
I'm a senior at SFA, earning my bachelor's degree in human development and family studies. I have a huge love for children and have worked with kids and their families for most of my life. It's exciting to begin my teaching journey here at the ECHL!
In my free time, I love to be outdoors. I also love to read and spend time with my friends and family. I'm so excited to meet you and your child 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 young kids, Renzo and Zayleen. 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.